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The glamour and romance of the Big Band-era will return April 22, 2017 when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts “Keep ‘em Flying”, a hangar dance and dinner fundraiser set in a flying museum surrounded by historic World War II  aircraft and decorated to recreate the iconic mood of the 1940s.  The festivities will take place from 6pm-11pm at the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Peachtree City.

“Keep ‘em Flying” guests will hear the Peachtree Jazz Edition perform standards made famous by Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. Described as one of the best bands in Atlanta, the Peachtree Jazz Edition has a loyal swing-dance following and is returning to “Keep ‘em Flying” for the14th straight year.  Also performing are the Freedom Belles, a female trio that performs 40s classics by the Andrews Sisters and other stars.

WWIIHD Female Reenactors

The dinner dance is one of several highlights scheduled during WWII Heritage Days, April 22-23.  The history festival is the largest World War II and 1940s-theme event in Georgia and a can’t-miss experience for anyone who enjoys nostalgia, big band music, swing dance, historic aircraft and military vehicles, antique cars and vintage fashion.  The program features reenactors portraying Axis and Allied troops, sailors, airmen and Women Army Service Pilots (WASP).

“A 1940s-theme hangar dance is a wonderful capstone for the weekend,” said Jennifer Johnson, Executive Director of the Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “WWII Heritage Days is unique and entertaining, but it also helps the public connect with the service and accomplishments of family members and all Americans during the Second World War.”

The event brings hundreds of participants and guests to the area from throughout the southeast.
All proceeds from the dance help cover costs associated with WWII Heritage Days, as well as the ongoing preservation of the group’s historic aircraft.

Advance tickets for “Keep ‘em Flying” are $55 before April 17 and $65 after.  Reserved tables and group discounts are available. Black tie, uniforms or 1940s attire encouraged.  The dance will take place rain or shine — no pets or refunds. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 678-654-2464. For more information, visit www.wwiidays.org.
 
About the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum

The CAF Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. The Wing, one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force, maintains and flies seven WWII aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an FG-1D Corsair and rare types such as the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and P-63A Kingcobra. The Dixie Wing organizes two large events a year — WWII Heritage Days and the Atlanta Warbird Weekend. The unit, composed of 300 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on contributions of time and funds to carry out the mission of the CAF. www.dixiewing.org

The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, Texas, the organization has more than 13,000 members and operates a fleet of more than 166 World War II aircraft.  www.commemorativeairforce.org

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