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.