The Commemorative Air Force’s Airpower History Tour Lands at Westfield, Massachusetts


Photographs by Scott Zeno

“Experience the sights, smells and sounds of historic World War II aircraft” announces the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) web site. So, this sensory overloaded visit occurred at the Barnes Municipal Airport from June 8th through June 11th on 2023. On hand at Atlantic Aviation were at least a dozen CAF radial engines, powering a B-24, B-29, T-6, PT-13 and RC-45J veteran aircraft.










Also with the group was a Merlin in-line engine-powered P-51 Mustang. These warbirds took to the skies twice daily during the four-day stop at the Pioneer Valley’s airport; for a fee one could ride along in a piece of history. There were a number of riders who took that opportunity in the various aircraft.

Other notable aircraft at the airport, but not part of the History Tour included a PT-23 and U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter. Here are a series of photos by Scott Zeno capturing the sights from the event.

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