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Welcome to the Greenwood Lake Air Show Exhibits Page

Exhibits

Living History Veterans

Tuskeegee Airmen
"Tuskegee Airmen" refers to all who were involved in the so-called "Tuskegee Experience", the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air. The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps to become America’s first black military airmen.
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The CAF Redtail Squadron's P51 will be performing a demonstration during the show. During the performance you will hear a brief narrative about the P51 and the Tuskegee Airmen. Below is a brief history on the Tuskegee Airmen: 
 
Like so many others in the late 1930s, the young black Americans who would become known as the Tuskegee Airmen were full of patriotic zeal and eager to serve in the military as the war in Europe and Asia intensified.  What set them apart was that they wanted to fight the enemy from the air as pilots, something that black people had never been allowed to do before.
 
Many applied to U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) flight training program, but all were initially rejected because of the color of their skin – all branches of the U.S. military were deeply segregated. 1940, under the pressure from black activists, the press, other political groups, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the USAAC reversed its position on accepting black flight program applicants. However, the brass was not fully committed to this change and anticipated that the program would fail spectacularly.  The Army’s decisions about blacks in its ranks were still influenced by a 1925 Army War College report called The Use of Negro Manpower in War. The 67-page report was full of cruel and untrue generalizations about the behavior of black men during wartime and the black race in general. The new program’s cadets were determined to create a record of excellence during their training and future war service so there could be no doubt about their value as patriots and aviators.  

webassets/widowski.jpgJack Widowsky served as navigator on B-29 #72 "Top Secret" which flew the historic atomic missions of 1945. The Top Secret crew were members of the 509th Composite Group. The 509th CG was an Army Air Forces unit created during World War II, and tasked with the development of nuclear weapons. It conducted the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945. The B-29 "Top Secret" was one of the 15 B-29's that Paul Tibbets ordered using the code word "Silverplate" which gave him unlimited power for anything that he needed. The crew of V-72 "Top Secret" flew both atomic missions utilizing two different B-29's. The crew flew as the Hiroshima standby B-29 leaving before the Enola Gay and stationed on Iwo Jima in case the Enola Gay malfunctioned. If it did, the bomb would have been transferred to the waiting B-29 and the Enola Gay Crew would have flown the standby B-29 to Hiroshima. This crew flew the advance weather recon B-29 to Nagasaki before the bomb was dropped to report the weather to the B-29 "Bockscar". 


American Airpower Museum C-47

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Army Air Forces Historical Association

Formed in 1993, the Army Air Forces Historical Association®, based in northern New Jersey, is a historical and educational non-profit organization. The association participates in air shows, historical retrospect's, educational programs, and seminars providing static displays of World War II Army Air Forces memorabilia. These artifacts portray what service life was like when the world was at war and fathers, sons, and daughters trained and served in many distant locations.

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Lockheed Constellation a.k.a. "The connie"

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Greenwood Lake's Constellation, or Connie, was first flown in 1946 for Air France and continued flying up until 1950 when she was bought by TWA. She continued her service flying trans-atlantic flights until 1959. Throughout the 1960s and 70s she saw many different owners including Frank Lembo, former owner of Greenwood Lake Airport. In 1976 she was flown in for use as a restaurant and lounge project. Today she is a permanent part of the main building at Greenwood Lake Airport and currently serves as a flight school and pilot lounge. To learn more about the Connie you can visit www.greenwoodlakeairport.com or visit her year round at the airport and see the display lining her walls.

 

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The Aviation Hall of Fame 

Visit the display set up by the Aviation Hall of Fame located in the Constellation. Learn about aviation history and see some unique aviation memorabilia.  Before the event you can always visit them at www.njahof.org

 

Greenwood Lake Air Show  is a rain or shine event, but the safety of pilots and attendees is paramount. Inclement weather may occasionally delay flying activities, but every effort will be made to produce the afternoon air show unless safety margins cannot be met.
Greenwood Lake Airport
126 Airport Rd.
West Milford, NJ 07480