The Manassas Airshow proudly benefits the local airport charities based at the Manassas Regional Airport. Please take some time to learn a little about them. Below you'll find some general information about them and a link to their websites.
All proceeds of the airshow are donated to these charities and on the airshow day their volunteers will be at each entry gate collecting donations.
Manassas Freedom Museum
The thrust of the exhibit is the 20th Century – the American century. What you will see is a time line on which the stories of our local heroes are told. Many of the exhibits are artifacts and source documents donated by our local citizens. You will see the Norton Bomb Sight, military art, and the story of combat as told by the participants. Don’t miss the Local Heroes Memorial recognizing all of the men and women from Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County who died in all of the wars from WW I to present. You will come away with a new feeling of profound respect and admiration, for the sacrifice of families in our community. Look at our events page, you will see upcoming guest speakers, book talks, and unique demonstrations. Plan to attend the Manassas Air Show held in May every year.
The present exhibit in the main terminal building at the Manassas Regional Airport is on a one-year lease and constitutes Phase I of overall planning.
Phase II is being undertaken simultaneously to study and develop the marketing, promotion, and fund-raising steps necessary to create a permanent facility adjacent to the airport, which will evolve into an impressive, bona fide museum with unique collections and visiting exhibits.
Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue Squad
The Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue Squad’s (VASARS) mission is to assist in the recovery of lost or distressed citizens, assist in the location and apprehension of suspected criminals/ fugitives and locate lost Alzheimer patients or autistic children upon the request of any local, state or federal agency requiring “eyes in the sky.” VASARS will provide trained and certified flight crews to these agencies, at no cost to the taxpayer. VASARS will assist in any operation where a citizen may be in danger or a law enforcement need requires a helicopter for aerial support. Our highly trained and professional team of search & rescue pilots and flight officers volunteer their time flying to save lives. We are a state licensed, statewide rescue squad serving the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.
Civil Air Patrol Prince William Composite Squadron
On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
Civil Air Patrol provides external education programs for the aviation community and public at large, as well as internal training for our members. Prince William Composite Squadron accomplishes both aspects of this mission: we conduct orientation flights in CAP aircraft; hold aerospace and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) training for youth; host a variety of interesting speakers from the aviation and cyberspace industries; and support local teachers through our elementary and middle school programs.