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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a CAF Unit?

Why was the name changed from Confederate to Commemorative?

Where are all of your airplanes?

Did the CAF sell the B-29 to Cavanaugh Flight Museum?

Who owns the individual aircraft assigned to the different units?

How can I get a ride in one of your airplanes? How much does it cost?

How can I go about flying one or more of your aircraft?

Why does it cost $200 to become a member?


What is the Commemorative Air Force?

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is a non-profit aviation association dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through Flight, Exhibition and Remembrance.

The CAF has more than 9,000 members within 75 units worldwide that fly and restore the CAF's fleet of 171 vintage warbirds. Read about the history of the CAF.


What is a CAF Unit?
 
A CAF unit is a wing, squadron or detachment, which is formed as an auxiliary of the national organization. Members must petition the CAF General Staff for approval to be organized as a unit to support the objectives of the CAF.

There are three basic types of CAF units:

Wings are generally our largest groups. Some Wings have subordinate units (squadrons and detachments) which work to support the wing and the national organization.

Squadrons are generally smaller groups, which may be formed as a subordinate unit of an existing wing formed to support a specific aircraft or if approved formed as a provisional direct reporting unit.
 
Detachments are small groups formed to perform specific tasks or functions. The existing national detachments (not aligned with a specific wing) are:
  • Explosive Ordnance Detachment
  • Marshallers
  • Medical Detachment
  • Security Detachment

Why was the name changed from Confederate to Commemorative?

Because many CAF members believed the name did not accurately reflect the primary objectives of the organization. The name Confederate Air Force started as a simple joke poking fun at the original group's rebellious beginnings. Read more.


Where are all of your airplanes?

About 10 to 15 aircraft of the CAF's historic fleet, collectively called the Ghost Squadron, are on display at the CAF Airpower Museum located at CAF Headquarters in Midland, Texas.  The other 140+ aircraft are assigned to CAF units or sponsor groups and are on display at museums operated by CAF units across the country.


Who owns the individual aircraft assigned to the different units?

The CAF.

Although different CAF units across the country are responsible for operation and restoration of the individual aircraft assigned to them, the aircraft are the property of the CAF. Final operational control of all Ghost Squadron aircraft rests with the Vice President of Safety/Maintenance/Operations at CAF Headquarters.

Some CAF members own their own planes. 


Did the CAF sell the B-29 to Cavanaugh Flight Museum?

No.

Jim Cavanaugh made a $1.2 million donation pledge to help re-engine FIFI, the CAF's world famous B-29. FIFI is assigned to B-29/B-24 Squadron of the CAF, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the aircraft.

The B-29/B-24 Squadron voted unanimously to base the CAF's B-29, as well as its B-24A, at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Both aircraft reside there for six months of the year, conducting maintenance and flight operations.  The remaining six months, they tour the country.


How can I get a ride in one of your airplanes? How much does it cost?

It depends on the aircraft and the costs associated with maintaining and flying that aircraft.

Most CAF aircraft are assigned to CAF units across the country, which are responsible for operation and restoration of the aircraft assigned to them, as well as the scheduling of aircraft appearances and flight crews.

The cost of the ride is set by the individual unit assigned to operate and maintain that aircraft. See our unit map for a list of CAF units by state and by type of aircraft.


How can I go about flying one or more of your aircraft?

You must first be a member of the CAF at the colonel level, and a member of the local unit to which the aircraft is assigned, to fly a CAF aircraft. Learn more about CAF Membership here.

In addition to all FAA requirements, CAF pilots must have other minimum flight experience and ratings, depending on the size, weight and type aircraft flown. A list of these requirements is available from CAF Flight Operations.


Why does it cost $200 to become a member?

The costs associated with the restoration, maintenance and operation of the historic aircraft are expensive, and growing more so each day.

Membership dues help pay for the preservation of the aircraft as well as educational programs, museum operations, airshows and other programs and events that meet CAF objectives, including paying tribute to the men and women who built, serviced and flew these aircraft and to educate people about their service and sacrifice.

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