Today at Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, That's All, Brother's engines had a test run. Please enjoy the video of this major milestone. Thank you for what you've helped us accomplish with your support of this important restoration.
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With thanks and well wishes this holiday season from all of us on the That's All, Brother Restoration Team!
(Dec. 11, 2017) – Noted aviation racer Thom Richard will relate his experiences and discuss the history of air racing in the final Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Living Aviation History Day program for 2017. The presentation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Museum hangar, 1200 Echo Ct., Peachtree City, Ga., adjacent to Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field. Admission is $10, with veterans and active military members admitted free. Click for details.
Air racing has been an exciting spectacle since the early 1900s. Early challenges like the Schneider prize for seaplanes, launched in 1911, were meant to encourage progress in civil aviation but became contests primarily about speed. The Schneider trophy was a primary influence in increasing aircraft speeds from 150 mph at the end of the First World War to more than 400 mph in 1931. In the 1920s, air racing spurred aircraft development with major events such as the Cleveland Air Races, and proved to be a test of the nation's strengths in aviation technology.
Richard, a citizen of the United States and Sweden, has flown several aircraft types in air races around the United States, including the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev. Richard will share his experiences in modifying, maintaining and flying various warbirds in the demanding air race circuit.He started Warbird Adventures, Inc. with a business partner in 1998, and the business grew to three T-6s and a small air museum (Kissimmee Air Museum) at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Florida. Richard now owns the operation and has about 15 airplanes, most airworthy, on display. Various other collections are available to the public, including some of his Air Racers.
‘I set my sights on Unlimited Air Racing when I was seven years old after reading a magazine article about the 1979 Reno Air Races,” Richard said. “I did not have the means or time to start racing until 2008. I managed to fly two Formula 1 racers in 2009 and won both the Gold and Silver that year, which apparently had never been done before in the National Championships.”
Richard moved to racing jets in 2010 until he had the opportunity to climb into an Unlimited racer, P-51 Precious Metal, In 2011. He teaches warbird and helicopter flying throughout the United States and England, and flies at numerous aerobatic shows in the P-40 Warhawk, P-51 Mustang and F-4U Corsair. He won the 2015 World Cup (U.S., Africa and Europe) in air racing with Hot Stuff, the world’s only 3M1C1R. He has more than 11,500 flight hours in general aviation flying, of which nearly half is in warbirds.
For more information about Living Aviation History Days or the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum, please go to .
About the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. The Wing, one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force, maintains and flies seven WWII aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an 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 that relies on contributions of time and funds to carry out the mission of the CAF. For more information, go to .
The is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, Texas, the organization has more than 13,000 members and owns a fleet of 174 WWII aircraft.
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Commemorative Air Force Announces “12 Planes of Christmas” Holiday Giving Campaign
Supporting the Restoration Efforts of World War II Aircraft
DALLAS, TX (November 28, 2017) - The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will host its annual “12 Planes of Christmas” online giving campaign this December. Designed to support the aircraft of the CAF, The World’s Largest Flying Museum. This event highlights the efforts of the organization and its volunteer members, who restore and preserve its fleet of over 170 World War II aircraft. Individuals can learn about the CAF fleet at www.SupportCAF.org to identify aircraft to that spark their interest – and make a donation to aide one or more specific aircraft . Many often honor others by donating in their name as a tribute. 100% of the donation goes to the selected aircraft.
Each year 12 aircraft of the fleet are selected to be featured during the “12 Planes of Christmas” campaign, each with different historical significance and in various stages of restoration; some need support to become airworthy again. The aircraft featured this year are: P-40 Warhawk, C-53 Skytrooper, FG-1D Corsair, PT-17 Stearman, Stinson 10A, AT-11 Kansan, L-17 Navion, A-26 Invader, PT-19 Cornell, N3N, PBY Catalina, and BT-13 Valiant. Many other CAF aircraft are also included in the campaign.
Donations can be made at www.SupportCAF.org to these individual aircraft projects or other aircraft in the fleet. Donations can also be directed to the Restoration Grant Fund, a fund that has helped more than twenty aircraft in need of restoration return to flight. As donations to the Restoration Fund are matched, the value of each donation doubles in value.
“Flying aircraft are essential to the mission of the CAF; we are first and foremost a flying museum. Because our aircraft fly, people are more excited and engaged to learn about the history of these aircraft.12 Planes of Christmas has become a very important program for the CAF. It significantly helps to preserve these aircraft, which serve as reminders of the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation. Our organization depends on donations and support from individuals who can appreciate the value of these historic icons and want to help keep ‘emflying,” said CAF President/CEO Bob Stenevik.
The campaign and website www.SupportCAF.org launch #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28, and run through December 31, 2017.
About this year’s 12 Planes:
Plane 1: P-40 Warhawk (Muskogee, OK) The P-40 Warhawk was grounded in September when metal was found in the engine. So that audiences of all ages can see the famous shark teeth on the aircraft, a new engine must be installed to participate in the 2018 Airshow Season.
Plane 2: C-53 Skytrooper (Riverside, CA) This aircraft, also a D-Day veteran, will need to be outfitted with additional avionics and navigation gear in order to participate in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France in 2019?
Plane 3: FG-1D Corsair (Peachtree City, GA) In the midst of a major restoration, the Corsair’s next hurdle is to remove and replace the fuel tank. For a Corsair, it’s bent-wing structure makes this a particularly difficult, but an important, task, as this aircraft is meant to be seen flying.
Plane 4: PT-17 Stearman (Lancaster, TX) For 30 years, this sturdy Stearman has given young and old aviation enthusiasts a ride of a lifetime. With the discovery of the aircraft’s linage, new fabric and paint are needed to tell the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
Plane 5: Stinson 10A (Madison, MS) This Stinson 10A will be restored to its World War II configuration in order to share the important role of the Civil Air Patrol in World War II. When restored, it will help commemorate the civilian pilots which gallantly patrolled the home front.
Plane 6: AT-11 Kansan (Moriarty, New Mexico) This airplane actually served in the Albuquerque area during World War II, where it trained bombardiers! Help this rare “hometownhero” honor the young bombardiers who trained in the southwestern desert before going overseas.
Plane 7: L-17 Navion (South St. Paul, MN) Liaison aircraft like this Navion played a crucial role in military conflict, but today it plays a central role as an after-school project for young students in the area. Significant funds are needed to keep this project on track and keep these students engaged.
Plane 8: A-26 Invader (Enid, OK) The A-26 reflects many unique design innovations. Unfortunately, one of those features, the self-sealing fuel bladder, has grounded this aircraft. Until the fuel bladder can be removed and replaced, this authentic combat veteran won’t be able to fly.
Plane 9: PT-19 Cornell (Olathe, KS) America’s heartland was the training home to many young aviators in World War II. This special PT-19 has been a demanding restoration, with more work being discovered as volunteers dive into the project.
Plane 10: N3N (Reno, NV) Do you remember what first attracted you to aviation? For many Navy pilots the N3N would have been their first taste of flight during training. With hopes to continue this charge, once the aircraft is restored, volunteers plan to build an educational program centered around the N3N geared toward kids in the area.
Plane 11: PBY Catalina (Duluth, MN) PBY crews are among the U.S. Military’s forgottenwarriors. Huntingsubmarines, rescuingaircrewsandsailors, supportingthisrestorationwillensuretheirstoriesare told!
Plane 12: BT-13 Valiant (San Marcos, TX). Once this restoration project is completed, this aircraft will help train CAF pilots. That’s right, CAF pilots, like the young World War II aviators did in the 1940s, must also start with a Basic Trainer like the BT-13. This ground up restoration still needs significant work and the clock is ticking to get more CAF pilots qualified to help ensure our fleet remains active.
About the Commemorative Air Force:
The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained, and flew 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 60 years, the Commemorative Air Force is the World’s Largest Flying Museum. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition, education and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 170 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 70 CAF units for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.
VALERO TEXAS OPEN: 12 DAYS OF GIVING
SAN ANTONIO, TX (Dec. 10, 2017)– At the Birdies for Charity® kick-off events in October, Valero Texas Open representatives announced the fourth annual “12 Days of Giving” that will take place December 1-12.
Participating charities and schools will receive $10 proceeds from each Good Any One Day general admission ticket (retail $25 per ticket) sold online at www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/tickets. Ticket purchasers should select the
Central Texas Wing as the charitable recipient they want to support from their ticket purchase.
The Valero Texas Open will also match up to an additional $500 per charity and the charity that generates the most ticket sales will also be awarded a $2,500 bonus (with a minimum of 50 tickets sold).
This initiative not only provides charities an additional opportunity to raise funds, but allows ticket buyers to make the most of their holiday gift giving. Mark your calendar to make your purchase in early December!
With “12 Days of Giving,” donors now have three great ways to give to the Central Texas Wing as their favorite cause through the Valero Texas Open’s Birdies for Charity fundraising campaign.
1) Make a pledge or donate to the Central Texas Wing as one of the 185+ charities participating in Birdies for Charity at www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/birdies
2) Purchase a ticket to the Valero Texas Open during the “12 Days of Giving” on www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/tickets
3) Attend the Valero Texas Open and register your attendance for the Central Texas Wing at the Donation Station.
Each of these will generate charitable contributions back to a variety of deserving organizations while giving donors the opportunity to win prizes along the way, including a Stay and Play Package to TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.
The next edition of the Valero Texas Open will take place April 19-22, 2018 at TPC San Antonio.
ABOUT THE VALERO TEXAS OPEN
The Valero Texas Open is the sixth-oldest professional tournament in golf worldwide, the third-oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th anniversary.
Its list of champions includes some of the greatest names in golf history: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker, and 2017 Champion Kevin Chappell, to name a few.
Since Valero became title sponsor in 2002, the tournament has become an annual leader in charitable fundraising among PGA TOUR events. In 2015, we were proud yet humbled to become only the fourth PGA TOUR event to eclipse the $100 million milestone in funds raised for charity. The 2017 edition of the Valero Texas Open raised $11 million for charity, bringing the grand total to over $126 million in charitable giving since 1922.
(Houston- Nov. 16, 2017) The 23rd National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) will be held February 15 – February 18, at the Hilton Houston NASA Clearlake in Houston, Texas. NWOC is a unique educational conference offering programs to enhance pilot skill and knowledge, expand aircraft maintenance technician and restorer knowledge, develop awareness of medical and insurance facts, and address aircraft-specific topics to ensure continued flight for these unique historic aircraft.
The NWOC is not a required conference for Commemorative Air Force members, but it is focused on Warbird issues that are relevant to the CAF, and once again, CAF proud to be a supporting sponsor and we encourage our members with the availability to attend and take advantage of a few days in Houston to talk about their operations and issues with fellow CAF members and others operating similar equipment in the breakout sessions for Bomber/Transport, T-6s, T-28s, Fighters and LHFE.
NWOC is a terrific opportunity to mix and talk with fellow Warbird operators and hear presentations on relevant subjects, including the most recent FAA updates, the latest of ADS-B, legal issues and much more. 2018 speakers represent a diverse variety of subjects geared toward Warbird owners, from Lee Lauderback of Stallion 51 to Cory Graff, military curator of FHCAM to Dr. Susan Northrup, FAA Senior Flight Surgeon and many more.
For 2018, NWOC admission will be $400 through January 15th, $450 from January 16th through February 14th and $500 the day of the event. The hotel rate is $105 standard with upgrades available.