Rise Above Traveling Exhibit
The Rise Above Traveling Exhibit is a mobile theater featuring “Rise Above,” an original panoramic film that educates and inspires people of all ages with the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. These war heroes broke down barriers with their courage and determination to serve our country in WWII, and their ability to triumph over adversity remains a compelling and inspirational example to us all. A fully restored P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen and now part of the Commemorative Air Force’s Red Tail Squadron, accompanies the exhibit.
Lockheed P-3 Orion
The Orion is a peerless airborne hunter. Its reputation as the ultimate maritime patrol aircraft has been earned through more than 50 years of service, from the Cuban Missile Crisis to round-the-clock patrols throughout the Cold War, to today’s gaurdian of the seas. NAS Jacksonville will provide a P-3 for closeup looks during Thunder in the Valley; the wings make great shade for watching the show, too!
Boeing P-8 Poseidon
The P-8A Poseidon, the U.S. Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, is a multi-mission capable replacement aircraft for the legacy P-3C Orion. Designed to secure the Navy’s future in long-range maritime patrol capability, the P-8A Poseidon has transformed how the maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will man, train, operate and deploy.
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
The workhorse of the U.S. Air Force combat airlift fleet, the C-130 has been in service for more than half a century. Designed specifically to transport troops and equipment in the combat zone via airdrop or short runways, the Hercules continues to fulfill a wide range of operational missions in both peace and wartime situations.
Grumman Northrop F-5N
The F-5N is a single-seat, twin-engine, tactical fighter and attack aircraft providing simulated air-to-air combat training. It serves the U.S. Navy in an aggressor-training role with simulation capability of current threat aircraft in fighter combat mode.
Brits in the Valley Car Club
Brits in the Valley was established in 2015 after a few friends with vintage British cars recognized the need for such an organization in the Columbus area. The informal group has grown to more than 40 members throughout the Valley, representing more than 35 British cars. On a monthly basis, you can find this group either on a drive to Pine Mountain, wrenching on cars at a tech session, or attending a car show – such as this one in which their own vehicles will be on display at Columbus Airport!
Grumman C-1A Trader
This carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft is one of two warbirds owned by Columbus’s Dr. Daniel Serrato. The Trader carried mail and supplies to aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean during the Vietnam War, and also served as a trainer for all-weather carrier operations.
Dr. Daniel Serrato’s Trojan was the proto-type “C” model, built in 1954, and the first to land on the carrier USS Tarawa, in November 1955. With the advent of jet aviation, higher-powered aircraft were needed to train new pilots and the T-28 filled that role well. The T-28 was used by the various branches of the U.S. Military from 1950 into the 1970s.
This popular display features tanks, artillery and armored vehicles employed by the U.S. Army. Air show attendees enjoy an up-close and educational look at these pieces that have been used to defend our country in past conflicts.