Centex Wing San Marcos, TX
1841 Airport Rd
San Marcos, TX 78666
B-25 Mitchell Yellow Rose More Yellow Rose InfoThe “Yellow Rose”, the christened name of the vintage B-25J Mitchell WWII bomber, is once again touring the American skies. The bomber is completely restored to its wartime capabilities and is operated by the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing. It is one of the flying museum pieces belonging to the organization’s “Ghost Squadron” aircraft collection. After four years, the aircraft was lovingly restored to WWII condition by members of the Central Texas Wing and donated to the CAF in 1981. Literally thousands of man hours were donated over the four year period by the members of the Yellow Rose Squadron in order to bring the Rose back into full operational readiness. The restoration... ...
P-39 Airacobra Miss Connie More Miss Connie Info
BT-13A More InfoThe BT-13A was one of several simplified versions of the more complex Vultee BT-54 Basic Trainer. It was a fixed-gear, low-wing tail-dragger with a crew of two sitting in tandom. It was powered by either the Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 or the Wright R-975-11. Both engines delivered 450 hp. When production ended in 1944, approximately 11,537 Valiants had been built. The BT-13 was the most widely used trainer aircraft in WWII. It was flown by most American pilots in transitioning from Primary trainers like the PT-19 to more advanced trainers like the AT-6. It was more complex than the Primary trainer and required the use of two-way radio, landing flaps and a two-position, controllable-pitch... ...
C-310/U-3 More InfoThe U-3A began life as the Cessna model 310A (which had gained fame as the “Songbird” flown by Skyler “Sky” King of radio and TV fame) in January of 1953. The Cessna 310 gained wide acceptance for its good looks and excellent performance, so the USAF decided it would make an excellent replacement for its fleet of aging Beech C-45s in the administrative support, liaison and light cargo duties. Built as a four or five passenger fast executive transport, 546 U-3As were accepted by the United States Air Force. Originally designed as L-27As, the U-3A served as an executive transport, liaison aircraft and performed as chase planes in a number of units that operated the U-2. The average... ...
AT-6A More InfoThe T-6 in the flyby has the buzz numbers LTA-555 is known as “Triple Nickel” and is an AT-6C. This T-6 was delivered new from the North American factory in Dallas to the South African Air Force in 1943 through the Lend Lease program. It remained in South Africa until 1995. While there it was used as an advanced trainer, gunnery/bombing and air combat trainer, photo ship, weather scout and target towing aircraft. It originally had two 30 caliber machine guns on it and racks for 20# bombs and 5 inch Matra rockets. It was shipped to this country in a crate after being sold to its first private American owner in 1995. It was reassembled in McKinney, Texas and went through two other owners... ...
C-45 Expiditor Lone Star Lady More Lone Star Lady InfoThe C-45 was based on the Beech Aircraft Corporation’s Model 18 “Twin Beech”series. First flight for the original company design was recorded on January 15th, 1937 and the aircraft was introduced that same year. The US military adopted the Model 18 in many guises including the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) which designated the type as the “C-45”. It went on to become a fixture within the inventories of the USAAF (later the USAF), the US Navy and the USMC and saw additional service overseas with British and Canadian forces through Lend-Lease. In all, some 9,000 Model 18 aircraft were built. Production spanned from 1937 to 1970. While the Model 18 served as the basis for the C-45,... ...
C-47 Skytrain That's All, Brother More That's All, Brother Info
The lead aircraft on the D-Day invasion, the C-47 That’s All, Brother will be based at the Commemorative Air Force, Central Texas Wing in San Marcos, TX. We are incredibly excited and honored to the be new home for this incredibly historic aircraft.
The USA affiliate of Nik Coleman Television (NCTV) and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) are collaborating to produce a feature-length, historical documentary that will chronicle the discovery, history and restoration of D-day C-47 That’s All, Brother.
The Central Texas Wing hangar houses six CAF aircraft for which the Wing has maintenance and restoration responsibility: a very-rare flying P-39Q Bell Airacobra, a rare flying P-63F Kingcobra undergoing restoration, the B-25J Yellow Rose, a replica Kate #310 from the movies Tora, Tora, Tora and Pearl Harbor, a BT-13 Valiant undergoing a frame up restoration and a U-3A Administrator.
Other aircraft in the hangar are privately owned by CAF members, and used to support the missions of the CAF. Among these are 4 AT-6 Texan types, a Japanese Zero replica, built for the movie Tora, Tora, Tora, a Chinese-built CJ-6A trainer, the Beech T-34A “Mentor”, and a Lockheed T-33 "Shooting Star" jet trainer.