Cumberland Airport : Fairchild Warbird, Pilot Stories and Wing Walk

Cumberland Airport

Just added to the warbird line-up at Cumberland is the Capital Wing Fairchild UC-61 Forwarder, a 1930s art-deco design with bright yellow gull wings.

It is one of only two dozen still flying anywhere in the world.

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Tickets & Info

 A ride in the Fairchild is priced at $150 for up to three passengers.

The public can purchase advance tickets for warbird rides in the Fairchild or any of the other WWII aircraft including a Stinson L-5 Sentinel, Boeing PT-17 Stearman bi-plane, the TBM Avenger, or the B-25 Panchito at https://www.capitalwingwarbirdrides.org/. Flights not sold in advance can be purchased on-site at the airport.

Mission To Educate

As part of the CAF mission to educate the public on the history of American military aviation, one of the Capital Wing members with over 12,000 cockpit hours in US Navy and airline aircraft, both piston and jet-powered, will be telling warbird stories at the entrance Gazebo. The public can ask him about flying the twin-engine Beechcraft C-45, or the 4-engine Douglas DC-6, or the supersonic Vought F-8 Crusader, or any of the other dozen or so aircraft he’s piloted. Adults and kids alike will enjoy his dry sense of humor when talking about flying.

Ever wanted to walk on the wing of an airplane? Or see what the cockpit of a WWII torpedo bomber looks like? You can do both at the Warbird Showcase. The Capital Wing will set up its one-of-a-kind “Wing Walk” on its General Motors TBM Avenger torpedo bomber. For a $2 per person donation to the non-profit Capital Wing, anyone can walk on the wing of the largest single-engine bomber of WWII, look in the cockpit, and take a photo with one of the most unique aircraft ever to fly with the US Navy and Marines.

Other Attractions

There will be other attractions for the entire family at the airport. On static display will be the Maryland State Police MEDEVAC helicopter, a sailplane from the Cumberland Soaring Group and a Cessna 172 from the Alleghany Flying Club. The Capital Wing will have a B-26 machine gun turret on-site (yes, the kids can climb inside it) as well as its “PX” (Post eXchange) trailer selling warbird-related items. A 1950 Mack Fire Engine will also be on display.

Lunch will be available both days either from Chef Paul’s food truck on the ramp or the Hummingbird Cafe located right at the entrance to the airport.

The Capital Wing

The Capital Wing is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is staffed entirely by volunteers. For more information, please contact CapitalWingRides@gmail.com.

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