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Tora! Tora! Tora! is just one of the many live performances by CAF warbirds!
She's one of only two flying B-29 Superfortress, and her name is FIFI
The CAF's FG-1D Corsair, F6F Hellcat, and F8F Bearcat soaring overhead!
The Beast is the only SB2C Helldiver still flying in the world!
A Flying B-29 Superfortress
Her name is FIFI and she's one of the last flying B-29 Superfortress in the world. Of the 3,970 B-29 bombers that were built during World War II, FIFI is one of only two B-29s in the world that's still capable of flight.
FIFI is just one of more than 160 warbirds in the Commemorative Air Force fleet - which includes the world's only flying SB2C Helldiver, one of two flying B-24 Liberators and SBD Dauntlesses, and one of a few flying P-63 Kingcobras and P-39 Airacobras.There are about 20 bombers, 30 fighters, 60 trainers, 15 transports, and 40 liaisons in the fleet, and about 88% are operational - which is a very high percentage for any fleet.
The CAF fleet performs at dozens of airshows across the United States every year. Led by FIFI, the CAF fleet flies more than 5,000 hours and performs more than 4,000 rides each year.
In fact, CAF warbirds perform about 800 airshow sorties and more than 50 flyovers EACH YEAR! As you would expect, the Commemorative Air Force participates in EVERY major airshow in the United States.
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The CAF is the world's largest private air forces with more than 160 airplanes in 80+ units across America that still fly today.
Rather than being tucked away in some museum or stripped down for scrap metal, the CAF's Ghost Squadron fleet is a flying museum, bringing history to life for Americans of all ages through nationwide tours, exhilarating airshows, veteran honor flights, special events, and much more!
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Not only will you be up-to-date on everything going on at the Commemorative Air Force, but you'll also be the first to know of any event changes/updates, exciting news, wounded warbirds, and much more!
You will also receive special offers, contests, and exclusive email-only items from the Commemorative Air Force.
And best of all, you will help the CAF bring history to life for Americans of all generations.
What We're All About (from the President)
The Commemorative Air Force is more than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, it was founded to acquire, restore, and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft flown by all military services of the United States and selected aircraft from other nations for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.
Sadly, most of the 300,000 aircraft produced during WWII were gone by 1960 because neither the Air Force or the Navy tried to preserve these precious artifacts. The job of collecting and preserving our WWII warplanes was left to the Commemorative Air Force and concerned Americans like you.
The CAF's mission is four-fold:
- 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 and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.
- To provide museum buildings for the permanent protection and display of these aircraft as a tribute to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced and flew them.
- To perpetuate in the memory and in the hearts of all Americans the spirit in which these great planes were flown in the defense of our nation.
- To establish an organization having the dedication, enthusiasm and esprit de corps necessary to operate, maintain and preserve these aircraft as symbols of our American military aviation heritage.
I'm hoping you'll join the Commemorative Air Force in protecting these magnificent warbirds by signing up today!
Stephan C. Brown
President/CEO, Commemorative Air Force