2016 had more incidents and accidents in the CAF than any other year previous. Fortunately not a single person was harmed. But what happened in 2016 that led to so much bent metal? Jim Lasche our CAF Director of Operations & Maintenance presents the facts at Wing Staff Conference as safety was the major topic. We video taped the session and have made it available online as a training course.
This is perhaps one of the most important video's to watch. Click below to see what happened and why.
Up for assignment in the CAF is a recently donated exhibit trailer. This trailer has been donated to the CAF and is available to a Unit. Although the trailer has been previously used by another exhibit, the trailer is in good condition. The previous exhibit that you see in the picture has been removed and the trailer is essentially an empty shell. Its a build to suit structure that is available for your Unit. The estimated cost to upgrade and outfit the trailer similar to the Redtail Exhibit would be $150,00 to $200,000. Click to see more photos and information.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.