Commemorative Air Force Blogs

Welcome to the Commemorative Air Force Blogs. A great way to stay informed about what is going on with the CAF.

Operations blog covers topics for crew including flight operations, safety maintenance and more. Check in often for updates to regulations, safety bulletins and general good common sense reminders.

Thats All Brother Needs Your Help!

Thats All Brother Needs Your Help!

While it might not seem so from the picture, That’s All Brother, the C-47 that led the airborne invasion and dropped the first paratroopers into Normandy, is well on its way to flying before the end of this year.  The next phase is returning the aircraft to it’s original D Day configuration.

That’s All Brother has been completely disassembled, inspected, and all unairwothy parts replaced.  As you read this, our partners at Basler Turbo Conversions are well on the way to reassembling the airplane for a summer delivery.

While the Central Texas Wing will be managing this uniquely historic aircraft, it belongs to all of us in the CAF and we’ll be looking for members from all over the country to help us meet its flight operations and appearance schedules. We’ll need help with every aspect of the operation from maintaining and flying this historic aircraft to writing press releases, and giving tours.

The first step, for those of you who are interested, is to go to the website, centraltexaswing.org, and become a member of the wing. Be sure to note your interest in supporting TAB and specify how you would like to participate.

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While That’s All Brother’s travel schedule will be limited in 2017, if you have any suggestions for venues please contact dave.berrio@centraltexaswing.org

 

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Wings Over Dallas Airshow - October 6-8, 2017

Wings Over Dallas Airshow - October 6-8, 2017

Hello Everyone,

Who ever knew that Football in Texas was important?  Well we do and we want to be sure that Wings Over Dallas 2017 has the perfect fall date.  
 
Please mark your calendars now, our official Wings Over Dallas Dates are October 6-8, 2017.
 
2017 promises to be a great year and Wings Over Dallas has already chosen a “Heavy Bombers Theme” for 2017.  All CAF aircraft are invited and welcome to attend.  Whether your unit desires to sell rides or just coming for the fun, you and your CAF unit and aircraft should plan on attending.  With the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders and the hope to get all of the CAF B-25’s to attend, we are most certain to have an all star line up of bombers, transports, liason, and fighters.  We are even planning a Formation Clinic for the days prior leading up to the Airshow.  
 
Look for more details as the planning develops and be sure to watch the website for future news.  www.WingsOverDallas.org
 
David Oliver
Vice President of Operations
Commemorative Air Force
Cell: 630-853-9624
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New TRARON Website

New TRARON Website

Dear CAF members,

We are excited to roll out the new web site for the formation training arm of the CAF.  www.cafformation.org is the new online home for TRARON, the FAST signatory for the CAF charged with overseeing formation training to FAA acknowledged standards.  Communication is a key element to our success and we hope that you will find the new web site informative, easy to navigate, convenient, and reliable.  

We will be improving the site as time goes on, with our goal to make it a one stop shop for all things formation.  Right now you can find information on upcoming clinics, download membership forms, learn more about your leadership team, and review recent articles on formation flying in the CAF.  We will shortly add features to include being able to pay your membership dues online, an online directory, information on how to host a clinic, and much, much more.  

We are very excited for the renewed enthusiasm for formation flying in the organization.  We are working diligently behind the scenes to take TRARON to new heights and encourage everyone to get involved.  If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, please contact me directly at pilotmaker@icloud.com.

Let’s FLY!

Barry Hancock

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Golf Cart Safety Bulletin

Golf Cart Safety Bulletin

Golf Carts or other Vehicles used on the Ramp

In the last 12 months we have had two reportable accidents that involved property damage when using golf carts during special events put on by our organizations.

Neither of these incidents caused excessive damage but they do call attention to hazards that we should be aware of when operating any vehicle on or around our hangar and airport ramp.    One incident involved a golf cart rolling away when unattended and hitting a fuel truck and the other involved a golf cart being used to haul tent poles after an event.   The tent poles were wider than the golf cart and when driving close to a vehicle parked with its door open the poles hung up on the car’s open door damaging the door.

These are both minor accidents but having two similar accidents in a year is unusual.  These two incidents along with a couple of questions I have received concerning who can or should operate a vehicle on the ramp makes me want to issue another Safety Bulletin on this subject.

Quite a few of our units have assorted vehicles that they use on a regular basis around their hangar or during special events put on by the units.   These can include aircraft tugs, golf carts, fork lifts, utility vehicles and historic military vehicles, along with personal vehicles used to haul trailers (PX, Aircraft Cockpit, or utility) used during events.   It is the unit’s responsibility to ensure that any members operating these vehicles are licensed drivers who have been checked out and approved to operate these specific types of vehicles on the ramp.   (This includes Cadets who have a current driver’s licenses if they have been checked out and approved for vehicle operation by the unit.)

Whenever any types of vehicles are used on the ramp in close proximity to aircraft it is a good idea to chock the wheels whenever they are left unattended, even when the brakes are set.

If you are using a golf cart to haul cargo around it is recommended that you buy a rear seat flip cargo deck conversion kit.  When you have a rear seat or cargo deck on your golf cart, you should also install heavy duty rear springs on the golf.

 
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Restoration Grant Fund - Apply Now

Restoration Grant Fund - Apply Now

Hello Everyone,

The Restoration Grant Fund is a very important way of promoting and encouraging restoration projects in the CAF fleet.  Many aircraft have been returned to flying status with the help of the fund.  The 12 Planes of Christmas campaign has been very successful in helping to rebulid the Restoration Grant Fund for 2017 and we are asking for all Units who have restoration projects to apply.  

Application deadline is February 23, 2017

The American AirPower Heritage Flying Museum Board will have responsibility to appropriate the funds.  The board is intending to meet in March during the CAF Wing Staff Conference.  The final results should be available soon after.  Please click on the button below to submit your application online.  

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