Vintage Aviation LLC dba Pacific Warbirds is a firm dedicated to the preservation and presentation of World War II airplanes and to properly honor the men and women who designed, built and flew these magnificent machines.
True acknowledgment of the sacrifices made by the Greatest Generation is through a clear understanding of these remarkable aircraft and their history. These aircraft must be flown; for only in flight can one see the real beauty of what America’s heroes created. We must dedicate ourselves to keep them flying so that their proud legacy may live on.
Notwithstanding political affiliations, religious faiths or personal beliefs, this living, flying memorial represents a tribute, honor, respect and recognition of U.S. veterans, both living and dead.
Vintage Aviation LLC dba Pacific Warbirds was formed from a profound commitment to preserve and operate antique airplanes of historical value. The journey began with the acquisition of a 1944 North American SNJ-5B, more commonly known as a T-6. It has brought much pleasure to the passengers and opened historical vistas to those who have flown in and have seen the aircraft fly.
Vintage Aviation LLC provides pilots and non-pilots safe, reliable, unique aviation experience in antique and rare warbird aircraft using a contextual educational approach through the historical immersion experience.
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE
Vintage Aviation LLC dba Pacific Warbirds provides a unique flying experience in antique and rare warbird aircraft, offering historically focused rides, a variety of flight instruction and corporate incentive programs.
Cornerstone principles include teamwork, respect, service, and cooperation.
We honor the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home.
We commemorate the men and women of that difficult period in America and express our gratitude to them and the families they left behind for their eternal sacrifice.
We are determined to inspire future generations of Americans, deepening their appreciation of what the World War II generation accomplished in securing their freedom and democracy.
We resolve to remind Americans of a time of national unity, a time of moral strength and tremendous power that surged when a free people were at once united and bonded together in a common and just cause.
We will educate everyone of the common defense of the nation and broader causes of peace and freedom from tyranny throughout the world.
December 7, 1941 was the day the “sleeping giant awakened.”
Brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen have fallen while fighting on our behalf. Their service is the ultimate display of spirit, sacrifice, and commitment for the American people.
The events of war and the people that fought and died for this country are valued by all Americans as links to our common heritage and our growth as a nation.
There is no greater gift Americans can give their countryman than being willing to fight and die for the founding ideals our nation. There is no greater obligation than for the government that owes its existence to their sacrifice to support and care for them when they return from the battlefield.
Every American owes a debt of gratitude to our veterans that none of us will ever be able to fully repay. As a society that has asked so much of our men and women in uniform in recent years and throughout our history, we honor them, their service and sacrifice.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for, protected, and handed down to the next generation for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. Unfortunately, we didn’t pass this crucial belief to our children.
Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead.
Veterans Day, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. Veterans Day is intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.
RESPECT and REMEMBER
COMMEMORATE AND CELEBRATE
EDUCATE and ENLIGHTEN
HONOR THE HEROS; HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED
Descriptions of the Greatest Generation:
Strength of character
How to Honor a Veteran
Do your research. It’s not enough to know that a relative served in the first Gulf War or World War II. Learn the historical details of those conflicts and (if possible) your dad or granddad’s role in it. Simply showing you have done your homework, in the course of ordinary conversation, may be the only gift the person in question needs.
Round up his military buddies. Odds are that your dad (or granddad or sister) keeps in touch with some of his or her old unit want to surprise him or her, don’t ask about these people directly, instead, obtain the phone numbers (or email addresses) from your mom, grand mom or brother-in-law and set up a meeting spot. Odds are that his army pals will enjoy spending the holiday reminiscing about old times, if not in person, then over the phone or by email.
Break out the war memorabilia. The same sources who tell you how to contact your grandpa’s military buddies will likely have access to his military mementos and medals, discharge papers, maybe even an old uniform. The vet being honored may even have forgotten that he’s kept these things, so displaying them carefully on a shelf or table should evoke some warm memories.
Assemble a scrapbook. If your grandfather's war mementos have been stored away willy-nilly, now may be a good time to sit down with him and paste them all into one carefully labeled scrapbook. This way, future generations will have quick and easy access to the documents, enabling them to honor his memory for many Veterans Days to come.
In case you were curious about the difference, Veterans Day is meant to honor living vets, while Memorial Day is geared toward the memory of those who have died in battle.
Not everyone who served in the military has warm, fuzzy memories about jovial comrades and the instant brotherhood of pitched battle. If the veteran in your family has negative (or even mixed) feelings about his service, it may be wiser to keep the celebration low-key or even to skip it entirely. The person closest to him should best be able to clue you in on his feelings about his military service.