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Santa Claus is flying into the CAF's Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum

unnamedSanta Claus is flying into the Commemorative Air Force's Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum on November 29, 2014 to help the East Valley Firefighters collect toys and canned goods for needy children from November 29 - December 19


This is a special Santa Alert! Air Traffic Control at Falcon Field Municipal Airport in Mesa reports seeing a blip near the North Pole on its radar screen. It looks like Santa Claus has begun his annual 3,905-mile journey to The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum at Falcon Field. According to Ground Support at the Museum, Santa is scheduled to land at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, 2014. Earlier that morning, before doors open to the public, the Museum will host a special "Breakfast With Santa" for 100 children sponsored by the Salvation Army.

Santa and CAF Airbase Arizona are also going to help the East Valley Firefighters Charities collect toys for needy children this Holiday Season during their annual toy drive. The Museum will collect new unwrapped toys and canned food from November 29 through December 19. On the day of Santa's November 29 visit special admission prices will be in effect. Admission will be free for children 12 and under and $12.00 for those 13 and over. Museum visitors who bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Airbase that day will receive FREE admission. Those bringing canned food will receive $1.00 off of the Museum admission price. The East Valley Firefighters will distribute these toys and canned goods to needy children throughout the area for the holidays. Santa also will be talking to all the girls and boys who come to the Museum that day, gathering their Christmas wishes and his special Elf assistants will assist him in determining who has been naughty and nice. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. with Santa Claus arriving at 11:00 a.m. Admission includes a tour through the Aviation Museum and its collection of over 20 historic aircraft. Toy drawings will be conducted every hour.

The CAF Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum and the City of Mesa encourage everyone to join the East Valley Firefighters in making sure needy children have a happy Holiday Season. The Toy and Food Drive will run from November 29, 2014 to December 19 this Holiday Season at the CAF Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum. The Museum's gift shop also has available unique and exceptional aviation-themed gifts, which can also be purchased on-line at www.azcaf.org. For a truly exceptional holiday present, gift certificates can be purchased for living history flight experiences aboard the Airbase's restored World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress "Sentimental Journey", B-25 Mitchell bomber "Maid in the Shade", C-47 Skytrain, Stearman bi-plane primary trainer, SNJ Navy advanced trainer, C-45 Expediter utility aircraft or L-16 Grasshopper.

The CAF's Airbase Arizona is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization celebrating its 36th year as the Valley of the Sun's premiere military aviation venue. Airbase Arizona is dedicated to our Nation's historic legacy of freedom through educational programs, preservation and flight of historic aircraft, remembrance and exhibition through the display of unique historic artifacts. For more information on the CAF Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum call 480-924-1940 or visit our website at www.azcaf.org. The CAF Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum is located at 2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ at Falcon Field Municipal Airport.

ANOTHER Milestone Reached for the CAF National Airbase

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ANOTHER Milestone Reached for the CAF National Airbase

By Stephan C. Brown, CAF President/CEO

The Commemorative Air Force reached an important milestone in the CAF National Airbase Project. On November 12th the Dallas City Council unanimously approved the first part of $8.7 million in proposed financial support. The total of this initial public-private partnership grant could be as much as $700,000 to help with costs related to the relocation and construction of our headquarters and CAF National Airbase at Dallas Executive Airport.

We had previously met with the City of Dallas Economic Development Committee and discussed many of the details about our creating a World War II aviation attraction and CAF Headquarters at Dallas Executive Airport. The second part, including our Lease, will be reviewed by this same committee on December 3rd. This money will be paid out over time and will be awarded based on our ability to raise matching funds, create local jobs and build a world-class aviation attraction. We are gearing up to begin our fund raising efforts in earnest this January, after we receive final approval from the Dallas City Council on December 10th.

Since announcing that we selected Dallas as our location for the CAF National Airbase in April, our team has been working hard to make sure our transition to Dallas is a smooth landing. Some of our management staff, including Adam Smith and I, are already working out of Dallas. The rest of our management staff will be joining us next year.

We are meeting regularly with city officials, area residents and local companies to begin establishing relationships and laying the foundation for the CAF in the City of Dallas. In October, we held our first CAF WWII Air Expo at Dallas Executive Airport, which drew over 5,000 attendees and included an Education Day where hundreds of students came for a free tour of aircraft by CAF members and World War II Veterans.

The education day was strategic in establishing that the Commemorative Air Force is committed to education in a fun, unique way. As expected, the response was stellar. Brooke Syverson, a Dallas teacher contacted the CAF to express her appreciation. She said “The enthusiasm of everyone involved at the CAF WWII Air Expo and the variety of information from history to aviation to military kept all of my students engaged. It was a wonderful ‘hands-on’ learning experience.”

As you can see, we are fully committed to making Dallas Executive Airport the future home of the Commemorative Air Force National Air Base. And the City of Dallas is behind us too. The CAF’s headquarters at Dallas Executive Airport will infuse new life into the local community. The future aviation museum attraction will become a world-class tourist destination for the city. Not only will this be a wonderful tourist attraction, but, it will also be an opportunity to create more jobs, and be a true economic boost to the city over the next 20 years.

The next vote by Dallas City Council on December 10 is a big one. The council will then vote to authorize a $2 million grant to contribute to the construction of the CAF National Airbase. I am encouraging any Dallas/Fort Worth area CAF members to attend the meeting. We ask that members who attend dress in the look of uniformity, navy CAF button-down shirt and khaki pants. The meeting is scheduled for December 10 at 9 a.m. at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, 6th floor council chamber, Dallas, Texas 75201.

To view the live broadcast of this meeting use this link http://www.dallascityhall.com/council_briefings/agendas/index_video-view.html

Here is a great link a story regarding the recent vote- http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2014/11/council-approves-relocation-grant-to-commemorative-air-force.html/

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SoCalVideoThis video features F8F Bearcat and Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV operated by the CAF Southern California Wing.

The video shot during the 2014 Jacqueline Cochran Air Show.

 

Warbirds Over Thermal from AIRSHOWVID.COM on Vimeo.

Veterans Day Celebrations Across the CAF

At the Commemorative Air Force, year-round we honor and preserve military aviation history and to share the stories of the men and women behind the aircraft. We devote our time to restoring, preserving, and sharing their stories for future generations to learn from through our museums, airshows and living history flights. Veteran's Day is a special time for the members of CAF units across the nation. It's a time when the events we hold can be shared on a much larger scale. 

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Many CAF units participated in some type of Veteran's Day event. Here is an overview of some of those events:

Minnesota- The CAF Minnesota Wing celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 8 with an Open House and Birthday Celebration of their B-25 Miss Mitchell, who turned 70. They invited veterans of all eras to join them in the birthday celebration and to share their stories with the public.

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Georgia- Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were invited to be honored at Peachtree City’s 2014 Veterans Day Observance hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing in Peachtree City, Ga.

Texas- The CAF CenTex Wing honored Veterans with a special flyover to salute to the Vets at Intel Austin while the CAF Carolinas Wing had a Veterans Day Parade flyover in Southen Pines, NC. The unit's RN-605 was a huge crowd pleaser!

The Tex Hill Wing presented its salute to our veterans with a Veterans Celebration event. It was a wonderful program on a balmy day with blue skies. They put together a wonderful video montage which you can watch by clicking here.

Arizona- In Meza, Ariz. CAF Airbase Arizona had several programs that honored veterans over the past weekend. On Saturday, Nov. 8 they participated in a memorial service for the 23 Royal Air Force cadets who died during flight training at Falcon Field at the City of Mesa Cemetery. Dignitaries from the British Consulate in Los Angeles attended and the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band played during the event. 

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On Monday, Nov. 10, the CAF Airbase Arizona hosted "Dinner With the Legends," at the museum. This event gives patrons a chance to dine with veterans and listen to keynote speaker, Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall, honored for his gallantry in the Vietnam War Ia Drang Valley Battle, which was depicted in the 2002 movie "We Were Soldiers."  Finally, on Nov. 11 they offered the public the chance to experience the largest gathering of military aviators in the Southwest during the 7th annual "Gathering of Legends" which paid homage to aviators who have participated in military conflicts spanning more than 70 years. 

 

 

 

Milestone Reached in CAF National Airbase Project

The Commemorative Air Force reached an important milestone in the CAF National Airbase Project. On Monday, Nov. 3 we met with the City of Dallas economic development committee and discussed many of the details about our creating a World War II aviation attraction and CAF Headquarters at Dallas Executive Airport.

Since announcing that we selected Dallas as our location for the CAF National Airbase in April, our team has been working hard to make sure our transition to Dallas is a smooth landing. Some of our management staff, including Adam Smith and I, are already working out of Dallas. The rest of our management staff will be joining us next year.

We are meeting regularly with city officials, area residents and local companies to begin establishing relationships and laying the foundation for the CAF in the City of Dallas. In October, we held our first CAF WWII Air Expo at Dallas Executive Airport, which drew over 5,000 attendees and included an Education Day where hundreds of students came for a free tour of aircraft by CAF members and World War II Veterans.

The education day was strategic in establishing that the Commemorative Air Force is committed to education in a fun, unique way. As expected, the response was stellar. Brooke Syverson, a Dallas school teacher contacted the CAF to express her appreciation. She said “The enthusiasm of everyone involved at the CAF WWII Air Expo and the variety of information from history to aviation to military kept all of my students engaged. It was a wonderful ‘hands-on’ learning experience.”

We’ve also started working on a critical component of our project, fundraising. As part of the incentive to build in Dallas, the city council’s economic development committee has agreed to recommend final approval to City Council on the first part of $8.7 million in proposed financial support. (their vote will be November 12th) The second part including our Lease will be reviewed by this same committee on December 3rd. This money will be paid out over time and will be awarded based on our ability to raise matching funds, create local jobs and build a world-class aviation attraction. We are gearing up to begin our fund raising efforts in earnest this January, after we receive final approval from the Dallas City Council.

As you can see, we are fully committed to making Dallas Executive Airport the future home of the Commemorative Air Force National Air Base. And the City of Dallas is behind us too. The CAF’s headquarters at Dallas Executive Airport will infuse new life into the local community. The future aviation museum attraction will become a world-class tourist destination for our city. Not only will this be a wonderful tourist attraction, but it will be an opportunity to create more jobs, and be a true economic boost to the city over the next 20 years.

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