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The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s new Virtual Museum shines a fresh light on the Tuskegee Airmen!

RED WING, MINNESOTA (October 16, 2017): This just in! We are excited to announce the launch of our new Virtual Museum, creating yet another exciting way for people to learn about and appreciate the Tuskegee Airmen. Nowhere else can people of all ages, from all around the world, come to one site and learn so much about the history and experience of the Tuskegee Airmen.

“Step inside” this virtual hall of artifacts, memorials and artwork to feel history come alive. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is virtually curating a collection of items of significance to the Tuskegee Airmen, from a flight jacket worn by pilot Woodrow Crocket, to the Congressional Gold Medal awarded collectively to the Tuskegee Airmen, to a mural of Clarence Dart adorning the streets of Elmira, NY.

We’ve started this treasure trove of items to peruse, and now we pass the torch to YOU. Does someone in your family have any artifacts significant to the Tuskegee Airmen experience? Do you have a memorial to the Tuskegee Airmen in your community? Share that knowledge and inspire those who want to know more by including a photo of your Tuskegee Airmen artifact or memorial in our Virtual Museum, and play an important role in our mission, without your item ever leaving home! Tell us about it and include your piece of history in the Virtual Museum!

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What began as a dream to broadcast the inspirational message of the Tuskegee Airmen across the entire country has become a reality since the founding of the CAF Red Tail Squadron. As the years have gone by we have made some amazing strides – the full restoration of our P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen, the success of our RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater, and a treasure trove of free educational resources that are accessed and used by teachers and youth leaders at an ever-increasing rate.

The launch of the new CAF Red Tail Squadron Virtual Museum is the next big adventure, and only propels our inspirational message to a wider audience. Check it out, participate and share the news!

This is a community collaborative effort and we are excited to facilitate the special kind of excitement that comes from each one of us sharing our knowledge about the remarkable Tuskegee Airmen. THANK YOU for being a part of this important journey!

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Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Houston Airshow Awards Scholarships to Five College-Level Aviation Students 

HOUSTON (October 9, 2017) – Five scholarships have been awarded by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow to university students from Texas who are pursuing careers in aviation-related fields. The CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship Program provides assistance to students who have completed two years of study in aviation or a related field and who demonstrate academic potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement.

“Each of this year’s recipients are all high achievers who share the passion and commitment to aviation, as do all of us who are associated with or perform in the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow,” said Airshow Director Bill Roach. “When you purchase a ticket to this year’s show on October 21 and 22, you will not only see an amazing show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other great performers, but you also will be helping to fund our college scholarship program, programs for high school students, restoration of historical aircraft and many other local non-profit organizations.”

This year’s scholarship recipients, all from Texas, are:

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·         Rodger Walter Garcia Advincula, Jr., of Katy is a senior at Louisiana Tech University, majoring in professional aviation and aviation management with a minor in business administration. Advincula is active in several organizations at Louisiana Tech, has earned his instrument pilot rating and is working towards his commercial, is serving an internship with a regional airport, and has still managed to maintain an impressive 3.97 GPA. After graduation, he intends to obtain both an MBA and a law degree, with the goal of working in professional aviation and aviation law. Advincula was also a recipient of a Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship in 2016.

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·         Gaetan Pinjou Newou of Houston is a senior at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Houston, majoring in aircraft mechanical engineering with a 3.88 GPA. Having already earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Louisiana Tech University, Newou decided to pursue an additional specialized degree in preparation for a career in aviation operations. In addition to attending school full time and working part time, he also is serving with the Texas Army National Guard, assigned to helicopter maintenance at Ellington Field.

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·         Walker Goodman of Crandall is a senior at California Baptist University, majoring in aviation flight with a minor in business management. Having already earned his private pilot and instrument ratings, Walker is now working on his commercial rating. After graduation, he intends to embark on a career as a professional pilot.

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·         Glen Colby of Belton is a senior at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, majoring in aerospace engineering. Colby is active in several organizations at Texas A&M, including serving as a Squadron Commander and Deputy Group Commander in the Air Force ROTC detachment, and has been ranked as the No. 1 pilot candidate. Colby was also selected for an internship at the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he worked on cyber research and UAV projects. After graduation, Colby intends to serve as an Air Force pilot, and earn a graduate degree with the ultimate goal of becoming a test pilot.

·         Ryan Stuart Carr of Austin is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in mathematics – data analytics, probability and statistics. He is a midshipman in the Naval ROTC detachment at UT, and has held several leadership positions, including Platoon Commander, and is rated as the No. 1 Junior Midshipman. After graduation, he intends to pursue a career as a naval officer and aviator.

One of Houston's largest non-profit civic events, the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow proceeds are used to sponsor the Wings Over Houston Scholarship Program for college students studying for careers in aviation, Aviation Career Education (ACE) Summer Academy for high school juniors and seniors interested in aviation, Commemorative Air Force aircraft restoration and flying historical programs, Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Rotary Club, and many other area non-profit groups.

To buy tickets to the 2017 CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow, fans can save money and avoid lines by buying online at www.wingsoverhouston.com or by calling 888-4-FLYSHOW until Oct. 22.

About Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community event produced by a volunteer effort of the Gulf Coast Wing, Houston Wing, and Tora! Tora! Tora! of the Commemorative Air Force, with support from the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas Legends Flying Museum, Vietnam War Flight Museum, Lewis Air Legends and Collings Foundation West. The Airshow is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation. One of the top air shows in the United States in its category, the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow attracts more than 90,000 festival goers throughout Houston as well as from around the globe. The 2017 Airshow benefits the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship Program, Aviation Career Education Academy, Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Westchase Rotary Club and the Commemorative Air Force aircraft restoration and flying historical programs, in addition to numerous other nonprofit participating organizations.

About the Commemorative Air Force

The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.

Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 76 CAF units for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

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Do you live in Arkansas or know someone who does and is interested in military aviation? A unit is coming together in Central Arkansas (Little Rock area) and they are looking for more people to join the group.

The region has a wonderful history and tradition of general, commercial and military aviation. Many years ago, the CAF had a unit known as the Razorback Wing, several members are looking to reactivate the group and add some additional people.

You don’t need to be a pilot or veteran to be involved, many CAF members just love the heritage of American military aviation. Currently we have civilian aircraft owners and owners of warbids who are looking to participate.

If you are interested please see the information below or forward this information to someone who you think might like to get involved.

Contact Michael Tooley at mtooley61@gmail.com

Next steps:

1. If you are current member in good standing, please email me your CAF Colonel ID #, along with your name as it appears on your ID.

2. If you are not a member yet, please go to www.CommerativeAirForce.org and join today!

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COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE TO LAUNCH LEGENDS OF THE SKIES AWARDS LUNCHEON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

Local WWII Heroes and Aviation Legend Herb Kelleher to be Honored

Dallas – September 25, 2017 –In conjunction with CAF Wings Over Dallas, the largest WWII airshow in North Texas, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will bring together luminaries of both the aviation and military history world to celebrate the enormous contributions of Texas heroes at their inaugural Legends of the Skies awards luncheon on Friday, October 6.

The Greatest Generation Award recognizes people that exemplify the spirit of the generation of Americans that fought for freedom, at home and abroad, during World War II. Honorees were selected for their representation of important values such as teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice, that were crucial to American victory. The 2017 Greatest Generation honorees include Retired Lt. Col. James Megellas, the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division; Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, the last living participant in the Doolittle Raid; and, Pilot Orville Rogers, who trained bomber pilots for WWII and holds dozens of distance running titles.

The Aerospace Leadership Award recognizes people who have made a significant impact on the development of the aerospace industry in North Texas – the source of 1 out of every 6 jobs in the region. For 2017, Southwest Airlines co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Herb Kelleher will be honored.

Full bios of all recipients are below.

“The Commemorative Air Force is committed to becoming an active partner in the North Texas community,” explains CAF President and CEO Bob Stenevik. “Acknowledging the accomplishments of these four amazing Texans is a logical next step in establishing the CAF as a credible partner in sharing the important aviation history story found right here in Dallas.”

The October 6 invitation only luncheon will be held on the grounds of Wings over Dallas at Executive Airport.

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Herb Kelleher is the co-founder, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of Southwest Airlines. His strong leadership style and work ethic is responsible for bringing an untold number of jobs to the North Texas Aerospace industry. Today, Southwest Airlines is the largest airline in the United States, in terms of domestic originating boardings, and celebrates 44 consecutive years of profitability and of total job security for its Employees. Mr. Kelleher has received numerous awards and honors during his career, including the U.S. Chamber business Leadership Hall of Fame, CEO of the Decade—Airline Industry, Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, and the Airline Business Award, among many others.

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Retired Lt. Col. James Megellas commanded a platoon in Company “H” of the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. He has received a Distinguish Service Cross, a Silver Star, and has been nominated for the Medal of Honor, making him the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division. During his service, Lt. Col. Megellas participated in Operation Market Garden, Operation Shingle, Crossing the Waal River, and the Battle of the Bulge, among others.

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Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole served as co-pilot to Gen. Jimmy Doolittle during the Doolittle Raid, an air raid that led 16 B-25 bombers and 80 crew members over Tokyo on April 18, 1942. He later served in the China-Burma-India Theater and as Operations Advisor to the Venezuelan Air Force. Today, he is the last surviving Doolittle Raider and has been decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Chinese Army, Navy, Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade.

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Pilot Orville Rogers trained bomber pilots during World War II, participated in secret B-36 missions during the Korean Conflict, flew planes for Baptist missions across the world, and served as a pilot in the private sector for 31 years. Today, he is a world champion runner who holds fifteen world records to date and, at the age of 99, has ran over 42,000 miles. He is the author of several books, including The Running Man: Flying High for the Glory of God.

 

About the Commemorative Air Force:

Through six decades of collecting, restoring and flying World War II aircraft the CAF has become the world’s largest flying museum with a fleet of 165 airplanes supported by 11,000 volunteer members. Nearly all the aircraft are kept in flying condition enabling people to experience first-hand the sight and sound of vintage military aircraft in flight. The CAF, established in 1957, will celebrate its 60th Anniversary with festivities at the CAF Wings Over Dallas Airshow.  

CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition, education and remembrance. To further its mission the CAF produces many aviation events across the country, including the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow, which annually attracts more than ninety thousand spectators and was honored as 2015 Airshow of the Year by the International Council of Airshows.

The organization recently relocated its national headquarters to Dallas Executive Airport where it plans to develop an educational campus that is expected to play a significant role in the economic and cultural revitalization of southern Dallas.

For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

For media information, please contact:

Kim Pardon -- Pardonb29@gmail.com |(913) 636-6250

Kelly Hunter -- kelly@shiromasouthwest.com |(972) 489-4361

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PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (Aug. 29, 2017) – Captivating stories of Atlanta’s involvement in World War II unfold across a series of five large display cases at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport T Concourse. The displays, prepared by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the CAF Dixie Wing and the Airport Art Program, include photos and artifacts that highlight the Eighth Air Force, the Tuskegee Airmen, hometown heroes, homefront construction and homefront life.


The year-long exhibit tells the story of WWII through people, events, and war efforts, specifically those contributions from the state of Georgia, by utilizing histories of local heroes, home front efforts, Dixie Wing aircraft, and amazing artifacts. The artifacts, arranged in five 30-foot display cases, are on loan from the CAF Collection, Dixie Wing Collection, Powell Family, Alan B. Taylor Collection, Ken Tilley and Paul Crawford.

Visitors will be able to see unique artifacts such as WWII ace Robert "Punchy" Powell's original P-51 Mustang Nose Art; Original WASP uniforms; Tuskegee Airmen diaries, jackets and pilot uniform; a Norden Bomb sight, and original Coca-Cola bottles used at Guadalcanal.

“The CAF WWII exhibit is an impressive display in terms of artifacts, information and presentation, and also is a great collaboration between CAF headquarters in Texas and the Atlanta Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City,” said Dixie Wing Leader Jay Bess. “This partnership has created a museum-quality exhibit that has already captured the attention and imagination of the flying public, air crews and airport personnel.  Over the coming year, the CAF exhibit will be seen by more than one million people.”

“It was a privilege to install such a large exhibition at the Atlanta Airport, where thousands of people will enjoy it every week,” said CAF Curator Keegan Chetwynd. “The exhibit is an exciting way to give travelers a look back at Georgia during World War II, connecting people to the sacrifices made by America’s Greatest Generation in service of freedom. The Homefront exhibit gave us the opportunity to showcase a side of our collection that is rarely seen, including a world- class selection of children’s toys from the war years.”

“This exhibit provides an incredible look into the life of the World War II aviators and aircraft that led America to victory,” said David Vogt, Art Program Manager at the airport.  “The amazing artifacts will attract passengers to the exhibit and the rich graphic panels will bring to life this most important chapter of American history.”

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“Our partnership with the Commemorative Air Force has resulted in a gem of an exhibit that will educate and engage passengers of all ages and backgrounds,” said Benjamin Austin, airport Art Program Manager.  “The Airport Art Program takes pride in offering the very best exhibits and we are pleased to offer this museum-quality experience to the traveling public.”

About the Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the world’s largest flying military aircraft museum. For more than 60 years, the CAF has been dedicated to honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibitions, education and remembrance. Fulfilling its mission, the organization maintains airplanes in flying condition, taking the aircraft to communities across America to experience first-hand the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.

The CAF is a non-profit educational association with more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 165 vintage military aircraft distributed throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.CommemorativeAirForce.org.

 

About the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. One of the largest units of the CAF, the unit maintains and flies seven WWII aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, FG-1D Corsair and rare types such as the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and P-63A Kingcobra. The Dixie Wing organizes two large events a year; WWII Heritage Days and the Atlanta Warbird Weekend. The unit, composed of 300 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. http://www.dixiewing.org/

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Steve Forsyth

Public Information Officer

CAF Dixie Wing

770-714-7750

sforsyth106@gmail.com

Photos by John Willhoff

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