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CENTEX Wing Car and Truck Show
On July 9-10, P Events will host the rescheduled Car and Truck Show along with the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing at the San Marcos Regional Airport. Cars and trucks of all kinds will be displayed along with WWII-era aircraft. Live music, food and aircraft flights will be available during this family friendly event.
The CAF Central Texas Wing Hangar will be open to the public displaying their vintage historic aircraft on static display, aviation museum, and gift shop. Some of these aircraft on display include a P-39 Airacobra, one of only 2 flyable ...
CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend to Host AVG Flying Tigers 75th Anniversary
A squadron of World War II P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft will descend on Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK) Sept.24-25, 2016 to celebrate the third annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend. The event at the Chamblee, Ga., airport is a community effort led by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing, the Georgia Chapter of the world’s largest WWII flying collection.
This year’s program will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), nicknamed the Flying Tigers. AWW will host the largest gathering of P-40...
B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil kicks-off CAF Airpower History Tour at Branson, MO
Seventy-five years after making her first flight the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil will lead the CAF AirPower History Tour and a squadron of historic aircraft to a landing at a patriotic celebration and veterans’ fundraiser at Branson Airport, Missouri, September 2-4, 2016. The CAF AirPower History Tour is a flying tribute to The Greatest Generation, the men and women who served in uniform during World War II. “The Branson Veterans Task Force is proud to partner with the ...
Continued Support for That’s All, Brother Makes A Big Impact
Last year the CAF discovered the Douglas C-47 That’s All, Brother lying in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin. This was THE lead airplane in the formation that delivered the surprise attack at Normandy on June 6, 1944. That’s All, Brother was in desperate need of caring individuals to help turn back the hands of time. In 2015, the CAF launched a major campaign seeking to rescue and begin a major restoration of the aircraft back to it’s original D-Day configuration.This week, being the anniversary of D-day, Commemorative Air Force sup...
EAA AirVenture 2016 - CAF Line Up
The CAF Headquarters for the 2016 EAA AirVenture will be located in Boeing Plaza.
Airplane: P-51 Gunfighter
When: Mon - Tue-We
Rides : yes, Airpowertour.org
Airshow: Not performing
Gunfighter will be offering rides out of Applenton only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rides: Yes, Airpowertour.org
FIFI will be flying into OSH for Sunday - Monday and then departing for rides in Appleton.&nb...
Dixie Wing Living History Series Presents the Veterans of the Mighty Eight
Georgia veterans of The Eighth Air Force will be at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing at 11 a.m. June 18 to tell stories and answer questions about their role in disrupting the German war effort in World War II. The Eighth Army’s heavy bombers and fighters played a key role and contributed substantially to the Allied victory in 1945.
Albert McMahan flew 25 missions as a ball and tail gunner in the early dark days of the Eighth Air Force, when there were no friendly fighter escorts. He flew with the ...
Houston Area Airport Hosts WWII Veterans and Vintage Aircraft on June 18
Seventy-two years ago this week, the largest invasion the modern world had ever seen moved onto the continent of Europe, signaling the beginning of the end of WWII. The skies darkened under the massive air armada as the allied forces fought their way ashore on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
On Saturday June 18, four WWII-era aircraft will be roaring over the Houston area while the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) honors five veteran aviators of WWII. The event will take place at Gill Aviation flight services loc...
Respect to the Birthplace of the P-51 Mustang
From an original article by Darcy Castro, PR manager CAF Red Tail Sqn.
Did you know the CAF has a resident historical expert who is nothing short of a gold mine of WWII aviation history and knowledge? Keegan Chetwynd, CAF Education Coordinator and Curator, recently shared a wealth of information about the birthplace of our P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Airmen, and it is FASCINATING.
Following a CAF headquarters event in Dallas, Chetwynd led a tour to the famed North American Aviation plant, the iconic aerospace manufacturer responsible for the mass prod...
CAF Central Texas Wing Memorial Day Open House
May 30, 2016 the CAF Central Texas Wing will host a Memorial Day Open House at the San Marcos Regional Airport. This event will celebrate those who served and honor the sacrifices made to keep our country free. Memorial Day is a day to remember ancestors, family members and loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is also a day to appreciate and enjoy our freedoms as well.The CAF Central Texas Wing will have vintage military aircraft on static display at the authentic World War II-era hangar. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the P-...
Dixie Wing Living History Series Presents the Role of “L-Birds”
The many roles of liaison aircraft will be discussed May 21 in the third monthly Living History program presented by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. Liaison aircraft served a wide variety of roles in the military, including artillery observation, reconnaissance, aerial photography, medical evacuation, search and rescue, primary flight training, pilot proficiency, supply, mail runs, and more. Liaison aircraft originated with the light-plane industry in the United States and all but...
SoCal's PBJ Flies After 23 Years
On Sunday May 15, 2016, just before 2 p.m. local time, the world's last known surviving PBJ-1J Mitchell took to the skies over Camarillo, California. The return to flight followed a decades-long, down-to-the-last-rivet restoration by the CAF's Southern California (SoCal) Wing. The flight went smoothly and many supporters were on hand to see her soar again and cheer her home.
The PBJ was the Navy version of the B-25 and served almost exclusively with the US Marine Corps during WWII. WarbirdsNews publis...
CAF's SBD to open the Indy 500
This year, as the historic 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil prepares to celebrate decades of racing innovation, pre-race festivities will take on a similar theme with two special flyovers. The first will feature historical World War II-era military planes while the second will feature state of the art F-18E Superhornets piloted by the U.S. Navy.
"The 30 minutes before the green flag drops are always my favorite time of the year," said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. "This year's flyovers will be thrilling, and represent the p...
P-63F Kingcobra Flies Again
Article by Richard Allnutt of Warbirds News.
The Commemorative Air Force's Bell P-63F Kingcobra took to the skies again on April 14, near Houston. The Kingcobra had been grounded since October 2013 due to a forced landing. Although the aircraft did not suffer much structural damage in the forced landing, the engine, the propeller and the reduction gear box needed a good deal of expensive reworking. P-63F 43-11719 is maintained by the P-63 Sponsor Group and one of only two of the variant ever built....
CAF Minnesota Wing Spring Swing Big Band Hangar Dance
The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing announced that the Spring Swing Big Band Hangar Dance is set for Saturday, June 4, 2016. Admission to the Swing Dance is $15 per person at the door or $12.50 in advance. Admission goes towards the museum and their restoration efforts.
The CAF Minnesota Wing has been hosting the WWII themed dances since the early 1980s. This year they are working with local businesses such as Heimie's Habedashery in St. Paul, and Surly Brewing Company. Anthony Andler, owner of Heimie's will be co-jud...
A note of gratitude from the CAF Red Tail Squadron
Article originally posted on the CAF Red Tail Squadron's Blog.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s collaboration with other CAF units for several events in 2016 was well underway before our P-51C Mustang suffered damage that would keep it on the ground until the end of the year. But in a time when it would be excusable to pull chocks and make alternate plans, we found ourselves instead surrounded by CAF family determined to help ensure the important message of the Tuskegee Airmen would continue to be told.
At the start of the season, the Mustang wa...
Veterans Steal the Show at SUN ‘n FUN 2016
By Paul Harrop
SUN ‘n FUN is considered the first major airshow of the year, and 2016 is one for the record books. From April 5-10, aviators from all over the globe descended on Central Florida. The Lakeland, Fla. event was held a few weeks earlier than usual and most regular attendees noted the unusually temperate weather. Daytime highs hovered in the low 70s, much cooler than the show has a reputation for being.
The CAF was present in full force with its tent "Hangar 57" along with the CAF units, the Florida Wing, the Gulf Coast Wing, the Dixie W...
World War II Heritage Days a Family Event, Learning Experience.Mock Battles, WWII Aircraft, Music, Veterans’ Presentations
Families will have the unique opportunity to share in the sights and sounds of wartime America in the 1940s at the 13th annual World War II Heritage Days, April 30-May 1 at Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Ga. Reenactors will stage realistic mock battles, veterans will talk about their experiences, and Placid Lassie, a C-47 transport aircraft flown during the D-Day invasion, is scheduled to appear for the weekend. World War II D-Day paratrooper...
CAF Minnesota Wing to Host Law Enforcement & First Responder Appreciation Day
The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing announced they will be hosting a Law Enforcement and First Responder Appreciation Day on May 14, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their hangar at Falcon Field in South St. Paul, Minn.
The public will be able to tour the museum, aircraft and vehicles at no cost. Law enforcement and first responders will receive a free lunch which starts at 11 a.m. The lunch will be first come first served while supplies last. For the general public, lunch will be $5.0...
The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, along with other AirPower Tour aircraft, starts a 24 city tour in Birmingham, AL May 18-22. She will also perform in two air shows prior to the start of the tour, the Barksdale AFB Defenders of Liberty Air Show April 30-May 1 and the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show May 14-15. FIFI is currently the only flying B-29 Superfortress in the world.
While on tour the B-29 will be accompanied at many stops by the P-51 Mustang Gunfighter and a variety of other World War II aircraft including the beloved C-45 Expeditor, Buck...
CAF Mississippi Wing Hosts "Trail of Honor" at Open Hangar Event
Each year an annual coast-to-coast organized motorcycle ride called Run for the Wall is done to honor American military veteran's who "can not ride." The mission of that motorcycle ride is to promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends, especially paying tribute to Prisoners of War (POW), Missing in Action (MIA) and Killed in Action (KIA). This ride has several designated stops along the way. One is the Harley Davidson Dealership in Jackson, Miss. As a way to welcome the Run for the Wall riders and t...
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