2019 Air Academy Camp Recap

This summer Papa Joe and I headed to Oshkosh, WI to meet our scholarship recipients, Makaio and Joaquin. Their camp started at the tail end of AirVenture, which is the largest airshow in the US. Their first day kicked off with a talk from an F-18 pilot, who was also a previous Air Academy Camper. The kids were released for the day so they could explore the convention and attend any of the seminars. After lunch they were able to watch the day airshow and also got to experience one of the coolest nighttime airshows we have ever seen! That was just their first full day! The kids went on to learn about welding, maintenance, finance, wood working, etc

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Cajun's Climb 2019

Thank you to everyone that participated in Cajun’s Climb this year. We truly appreciate your love and support!

Congratulations to our virtual hike swag winners Melissa, Julia, & Katerina!

We will be doing this again in April 2020 so grab some friends, don’t forget to register on the website and hike for a good cause! Cajun’s angelversary will fall on a Sat in 2020. Stay tuned for details on where the CADI crew will be gathering to kick off this fundraiser!

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Marathon Run in Cajun's Honor by Luis Araujo, TSgt USAF

On March 17, 2019 Luis Araujo, TSgt USAF competed in the Bataan Death March at White Missile Range, NM in Cajun’s honor. It is a full marathon and with the support of his friends, family, VA and MED group he was able to raise money for the CADI Scholarship Fund! We are so grateful and humbled by the continued love and support for Cajun, our family and everyone’s efforts to carry on his legacy! Thank you!

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2019 Challenge Coin Fundraiser

This is no April Fools! Airshow news is partnering with Cajun's Aviation Dream ❤ April 5th-7th, they’re donating all proceeds from their 2019 challenge coins to the Cajun’s Aviation Dream Scholarship fund! All you have to do is go to their website www.newsairshow.com/products (Friday through Sunday) and purchases any of the 2019 coins and the proceeds will go towards helping kids get involved in aviation!!!!

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Huntington Beach Air Show Shout Out

It is pretty amazing to have friends in HIGH places! While we were in Huntington Beach attending the Great Pacific Air Show we were fortunate enough to see the L-39 Demo by Paul “Sticky” Strickland, a former USAF Thunderbird slot pilot who dedicated a pass to Cajun and graciously shouted out to the masses about Cajun’s Aviation Dream and our mission to carry on his legacy.

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Crash site visit

Nothing puts life into perspective quite like visiting the accident site of a loved one. It was a bit surreal, hard at times but oddly peaceful and brought some much needed closure for our family. This is a day that we will cherish forever and are beyond grateful to Cajun's extended Thunderbird and military family for making this possible. He lived life to it's fullest, found his purpose, and chased his dreams all while being a good dude. We love you, miss you and will never forget you, your service or sacrifice! #ourhero #gonebutnotforgotten #pushitup #forever4 #gooddude #neverforgotten 

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Welcome to Cajun’s Aviation Dream Incorporated

Hello! It has been a long road since April 4th but our family is excited to welcome you to Cajun’s Aviation Dream Incorporated. We have committed ourselves to carrying on the legacy that Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno left behind by helping young Americans chase their own dreams to fly and pursue their passion for aviation. We can’t thank everyone enough for their love, support and generous donations that allowed us to put together this non-profit organization in his honor. We are truly humbled and so grateful for our family, friends, and community!

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Gone But Not Forgotten

On April 4, 2018 our hearts broke as we received the news of your passing. I will never fully be able to understand why you had to go so soon, but the amount of love and support that our family has been embraced with is a true testament to how you lived your life.

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