Jarrett Bertoncin is safety officer and public information officer for Heart of America Wing Commemorative Air Force. In this Q5, he talks about the upcoming Open Hangar Day at which a TORA 101 will be featured.

Jarrett Bertoncin is safety officer and public information officer for Heart of America Wing Commemorative Air Force. In this Q5, he talks about the upcoming Open Hangar Day at which a TORA 101 will be featured.

1. Jarrett, what will the Commemorative Air Force and Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club feature at their open house, Open Hangar Day? When and where will it be?
Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Open Hangar Day is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CAF hangar located at New Century AirCenter in Olathe, Kansas, Hangar 3, 6 Aero Plaza, New Century, Kansas.
We will have World War II aircraft on display and flying including a PT13 Stearman bi-plane, an L2 and a PT-19 under repairs. TORA 101, a replica Japanese Zero, is flying in for the event Saturday morning.
TORA 101 was used in the movie “TORA TORA TORA” about Pearl Harbor, released in 1970. We will have WW II jeeps giving free rides to our visitors.
We are expecting about 100 vintage Japanese motorcycles. In addition, the CAF museum is open to the public.

2. What is the history and significance of the TORA 101?
TORA 101 was used in the movie “TORA TORA TORA.” There are only a handful of real Japanese fighters flying (then and today).
To make the movie in 1968, Paramount Pictures had to build  replica Japanese fighters. TORA 101 was assembled from an American AT6 which was an American WW II aircraft.
TORA 101 has been making the air show circuit around the country performing air-to-air combat demonstrations against vintage American WW II fighters

3. Is this event a good way to honor the “Greatest Generation” and at the same time educate and inspire youth?
The best way to inspire today’s generation and educate about the sacrifices made by the “Greatest Generation” is providing an experience that puts hands on history. Open Hangar Day does that by putting people in WW II jeeps, allowing our guests to get up close and personal with WW II aircraft and watching those aircraft fly.

4. What are the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and the Commemorative Air Force? What will the motorcycle club host at the Open Hangar Day?
The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC) is a national organization for the preservation of vintage Japanese motorcycles.
They bring back the Hondas, Yamahas and Suzukis that the baby boomers bought and rode 30 to 50 years ago. These motorcycles changed the perception of motorcyclists from gang members and troublemakers to regular, good neighbor citizens who loved the freedom of two wheels. The VJMC will have close to 100 vintage Japanese motorcycles on display.  The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational association.  The CAF was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education of present and future generations of Americans. More than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, the CAF's fleet of historic aircraft, known as the CAF Ghost Squadron, recreate, remind and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American history.
Proceeds from ticket sales, rides and fundraising events go to support our community education programs and to keep our vintage military aircraft in flying condition.

5. How can people find out more information about the event? Is there an admission charge?
There is no admission charge. You can learn more about the event at  www.kcghostsquadron.org
You can learn more about the vintage Japanese Motor cycle club at  www.KCVJMC.org
– Rimsie McConiga