On April 9, 2022 a charity event to raise money for food donations to Ukrainian refugees was held at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.
Airport Director, Colonel Dave Darrah, USMC (Retired) coordinated this all day event with the event sponsors. Basically, the event was a “bean bag bombing derby.”
Participating aircraft and crews donated $100 per bean bag dropped. The bombing target’s bulls eye was a kiddie swiming pool place in the grass alongside the active runway. Aircraft crews consisted of a pilot and a bombardier. Bombing runs were accomplished at 300-500 feet AGL at airspeeds comfortable to the pilot in command. Cash prizes were available to those who scored bulls-eye direct hits! Regrettably, no directs were recorded!
Besides Airport Director Darrah who is a member of the VAHS Board of Directors, several pilots and bombardiers from the Warrenton/NOVA Chapter of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society were active participants in this charity event. Although Chapter Leader W3 flew a most precise bombing run, his able bombardier William ( No Tell) reported that the 14 knot cross wind and ” hatch open, wind in the face” run was entirely different to his previous flights in the Arizonia Commerative Air Force’s B-17 ” Sentimental Journey!” As a side note, William’s father had the honor of signing that bomber’s bombay door when it visited Warrenton-Fauquier Airport on 31 August to 7 September 2020.
It is also noted that “ace aerial” photographer Alex Hrapunov — a frequent photo-chronicler of Virginia aviation history – captured both the Ukrainian Bombing Derby and the previous visit of the Sentimmental Journey at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.”
Semper Fi, W3
Frank Wickersham III
The final amount raised was reported to be $17,000. Thank you to everyone who made this
Photos by: Alex Hrapunov