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The Wright Brothers "Master Pilot Award" was presented by the FAA to CAF Col Bobby Grantham, CAF Col Steve Richmond and CAF Col Gene Hathorn at the Corsicana AirSho on Saturday, May 13.
Corsicana, Texas - (May 21, 2017) Three members of the Coyote Squadron, a unit of the Commemorative Air Force based in Corsicana, Texas received the Master Pilot Award. The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot Award” is the most prestigious award that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
It is named after t...
Tuskegee Airmen Story Coming to May 20 Living Aviation History Day
Record-setting group overcame obstacles in WWII and beyond
PEACHTREE CITY, Georgia. (May 15, 2017) – The renowned Tuskegee Airmen and their successors in the U.S. Air Force broke many barriers on their way to aviation history. Researcher/Historian Zellie Orr and a panel of Tuskegee Airmen and successors will discuss the stories of this famed group at the May 20 Living Aviation History program, presented ...
Remembering Someone Else
by Bill Prosser, CAF Inland Empire Wing Leader
Photo by Camm Kirk
(Riverside, California - May 11, 2017) The following is a portion of an article that I wrote as the Executive Officer of the Inland Empire Wing many years ago. Let me begin by saying that this article Does Not Apply to the Inland Empire Wing as it is now, I will explain more later.
We are all saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our wings most valuable members, Someone Else. Someone’s passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years, and ...
Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing Host Aviation Event in St. Louis Memorial Day Weekend
(St. Louis – May 10, 2017) – This Memorial Day Weekend the skies of St. Louis will be full of authentic World War II aircraft that will fly into Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The 3-day event runs Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29 and is open to the public. Historic aircraft including authentic bombing and training aircraft will be on display and available for rides. These aircraft are powerful American icons bringing the sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation to St. Louis area.
Debbie King will fly the B-29 Superfortress this weekend in California
[May 5, 2017, Thermal, California]- Debbie King, the first woman to fly the B-29 since World War II, will fly as co-pilot on FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B‐29 Superfortress. The World War II Bomber will be at at Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, CA for a five-day tour stop. It will fly this weekend at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
The tour stop is part of the CAF WWII AirPower History Tour, a group of flying World War II aircraft including fighter, transport and trainer aircraft. All ai...
(DALLAS – May 1, 2017) – FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B‐29 Superfortress, will fly into Dallas Executive Airport for a four day barn storming aviation event that starts Thursday, May 18 at noon. The B-29 and other vintage military aircraft will be on display at Dallas Executive Airport (5661 Mariner Drive, Dallas, Texas 75237). Accompanying aircraft include a P-51 Mustang, C‐45 Expeditor, T‐6 Texan, PT-13 Stearman, T-34 Mentor and more. Visitors may tour the B‐29 cockpit and purchase rides in all of the airplanes. These aircraft are powerful American icons bringing...
Minnesota Wing and Dixie Wing to Collaborate a Tour of the Southeast
The CAF’s Minnesota Wing and Dixie Wing are teaming up for a unique tour in several southeast states to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid over Japan. The tour will include five stops with the Minnesota Wing’s B-25 Miss Mitchell, and the Dixie Wing’s P-51 Red Nose and SBD-5 Dauntless dive-bomber.
The Minnesota Wing, based in South St. Paul Minnesota, will start their tour season with the 75th Anniversary Doolittle Raid Reunion in Dayton, Ohio on April 17-18. From there, Miss Mitchell and crew wil...
Central Texas Wing Hosts 6th Annual Casino Night
San Marcos, Texas (March 31, 2017) On April 29th, the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing will host its 6th annual Casino Night in their hangar at the San Marcos Regional Airport.
Come out to this fantastic setting of gaming tables surrounded by historic vintage aircraft and enjoy a barbeque dinner, cash bar, door prizes, silent auction, $20,000 in casino money, and a chance to win a History Flight on the B-25 Yellow Rose. Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, Poker, Craps, and Slot Machines should keep you entertained. Take a break fr...
GET READY FOR A GREAT EVENT HOUSTON!
Join the CAF Houston Wing for the annual Open House at West Houston Airport on April 22-23. This event is a great event for the whole family. At only $10/car for donation, your group will have access to some of the world's most rare World War II aircraft. Rides can be booked on trainers, SB2C and PBJ (B-25 Mitchell). For more information visit their website. http://houstonwing.org/
Dear CAF Members
Right now there is a battle that we must join. The Planes of Fame Airshow held in Chino, California, is one of the finest warbird airshows in the world and is run by one of the finest pilots in aviation, Steve Hinton. This year a group of airport tenants filed a law suit against the show, and the fate of this show depends on a hearing to be held on April 20th.
If the tenants are successful in obstructing the airshow, it sets a dangerous precedent for shows across the country, including the more than 300 we participate in and 11 that the CAF produces annually. ...
The Last Silver Goblet
By Jeff Thatcher
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, will mark the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, a daring bombing attack upon five Japanese cities that occurred on April 18, 1942. Eighty volunteer airmen flying 16 B-25 bombers, led by legendary aviator Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, took off from the deck of the carrier USS Hornet early that morning and struck back at Japan in retaliation for the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941.
Today only one member of the Doolittle Raid remains, 101-year-old Lt. Col. Richard E...
FLY IN OR DRIVE IN to San Marcos Regional Airport
San Marcos, Texas (March 24, 2017,) On June 3rd, the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing and Stephanie Myers will jointly host its 5th annual Car and Plane Show at the San Marcos Regional Airport.
Cars from car clubs based in Round Rock, San Antonio and other cities, have been invited to bring their cars to compete for numerous trophies. In addition to the cars, all types of aircrafr from General aviation, experimental, homebuilt, classic, vintage, and warbirds will be on display. The Central Texas Wing will have their vintage aircra...
Sole Surviving Doolittle Raid Veteran to Highlight World War II Heritage Days
PEACHTREE CITY, Georgia (April 3, 2017) –The only surviving veteran of the famed World War II Doolittle Raid over Japan will join other World War II heroes at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing WWII Heritage Days April 22-23 at the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Peachtree City. Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, 102, served as Jimmy Doolittle’s copilot during the 1942 Doolittle Raid, as a “Hump” pilot during the China-Burma-India campaign, and finally as a ...
Regarding privatization of Air Traffic Control
From CAF President Stephan C. Brown
Below is a press release from Jack Pelton, President of EAA; regarding the privatization of Air Traffic Control in the U.S. Rather than restate these points, I am forwarding his statement and EAA's position; with my full endorsement. What I will add, is my concern that not all General Aviation associations are as strident in their opposition to this as EAA and now CAF are on this topic. A year ago, I was in Washington DC when this topic first arose. At that time the General Aviation t...
An update to our CAF Members and CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP Supporters (March 2017)
We are so grateful to CAF members and numerous others who have supported the CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP initiative. Last year we established a fundraising goal of $1.5 million and, so far, we have raised more than $330,000. Thank you! With your continued support, we will certainly acheive the vision of honoring the legacy of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Their story will inspire audiences of all ages.
We are very excited this initiative has gained the momentum it has, bu...
Iconic World War II Boeing B‐29 Superfortress bomber reschedules stops in Goodyear and Mesa.
(DALLAS-March 27, 2017) – FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B‐29 Superfortress, has rescheduled two stops in the Phoenix area in early April. The CAF AirPower History tour will visit Goodyear Airport April 6 through 9 and Mesa Gateway Airport April 11 through 15. FIFI is one of only two remaining airworthy B-29s in the world and the only one that flies regularly. The B-29 and other vintage military aircraft will be on display at LuxAir Jet Center, 1658 Litchfield Road #110, in Go...
Heather Penney, National Chair for the CAF WASP Program,
to Receive the 2017 Outstanding Aviator Award
Next week The Wings Club Foundation and International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) will honorHeather Penney with the 2017 Outstanding Aviator Award. The presentation of this year's award will take place during The Wings Club Foundation's Annual Meeting on March 29 at The Yale Club inNew York City. Since its inception in 2010, the annual Outstanding Aviator Award has been presented to iconic recipients such as the Tuskegee Airmen, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), t...
WASHINGTON, DC, March 21, 2017 – With the need to authorize the Federal Aviation Administration before September 30 of this year, a host of general aviation association leaders today joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding air traffic control.
Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviati...
Come hear how you can be part of this meaningful program
CAF RISE ABOVE:WASP
Honoring the Past and Inspiring the Future
Luncheon Hosted by Chicago's Leading Edge
To Register Click HERE or go to http://chicagosleadingedge.org/
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the world’s largest flying museum, is developing a new educational program, CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP. This program aims to honor the legacy of the Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) while helping youth, especially young women, become inspired to rise above their challenges - just like the WASP did as female military pilots...
Our Family Came Close
by David Bueche
Movie theaters used to show newsreels before movies to keep the public up to date on major developments in the War, especially to keep morale at home high.
In 1945, in celebration of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), Frank Capra who is known for making the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmie Stewart, created the newsreel "Two Down and One to Go.”
The film documented the overall strategy for how the war had been fought so far. At first, it concentrates heavily on the Allied victory in Europe, then it focuses on the Pacific Theater. &nbs...
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