It’s official. It’s airshow season, and that means the Commemorative Air Force at EAA AirVenture 2017 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! Come and enjoy the Top 10 CAF Things To See. Here’s what’s happening this week:
1. The Cobras
This year, witness a sight unseen since the 1940s when our three P-63 Kingcobras (two CAF) join our P-39 Airacobra in flight throughout the week. The aircraft scheduled to appear are the CAF Dixie Wing’s P-63A, John Bagley’s P-63C-5, Sponsor Group’s P-63F, and joining them the P-39 from the Central Texas Wing.
2. B-29 FIFI
Watch FIFI of the B-29/B-24 Squadron unite with B-29 Doc over the skies of Oshkosh. These two warbirds are the world’s only two flying B-29 Superfortresses, and together for the first time in four decades!
3. C-47 That’s All Brother
Catch up with the C-47 That’s All Brother, the iconic warbird that led the D-Day invasion, and learn about the restoration of the decade! View That’s All Brother’s timeline, talk with the restoration crew, and help to get this warbird ready for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy in 2019.
4. Warbirds in Review
Monday, July 24 through Sunday, July 30, head on over to Warbird Alley for Warbirds in review at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day to see some of your favorite CAF warbirds, like the Dixie Wing’s P-63 Kingcobra! Hear about these featured aircraft’s restorations and history, and listen to veterans share their stories and experiences with these amazing aircraft.
5. The WASP AT-6
Meet one of the newest members of the CAF Fleet, the AT-6C Texan commemorating the service and dedication of the Women Air Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. Discover one of the aircraft that these valiant women flew as they trained male pilots, dodged ammunition as live targets, and hauled supplies back and forth between bases.
6. The 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid Tribute
Watch an unforgettable tribute as we remember the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, and commemorate sole surviving Doolittle Raider Dick Cole. The tribute will be held during the Night Air Show on Wednesday, July 26, and will include the CAF B-25s Miss Mitchell and Devil Dog.
7. Hangar 57
Stop on by and say hi to your favorite CAF crew! Need a new warbird t-shirt or CAF gear? We’ve got you covered! Thinking of joining the CAF? You can do that at Hangar 57, where you can also renew your membership or learn more about our upcoming events.
8. CAF RISE ABOVE: Red Tail Exhibit
Find the RISE ABOVE: Red Tail Traveling Exhibit at KidVenture during EAA AirVenture and meet Tuskege Airman pilot Harry Stewart! Stop on by to get his autograph and thank him for his service July 27 – July 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. And don’t forget to watch the original panoramic film “Rise Above” about the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots.
9. The CAF Member Gathering
Hang out with new and old buddies during this year’s CAF Member Gathering. This event is for all CAF Colonel members.
10. The TORA TORA TORA Bomb Squad
Meet the team behind all the smoke, the noise, and of course the fire. Be sure to keep an eye out for some Tora Bomb Squad action throughout the week!
Got a Devil Dog T-shirt? Be sure to bring it to EAA AirVenture!
If you are a fan of the CAF’s PBJ Devil Dog, you probably have one of the great Devil Dog T-shirts. This year at EAA AirVenture (July 24-30, 2017) and you could win one a New OD Green Devil Dog T-Shirt, just for sporting your old one at the show.
All you have to do is take a unique selfie wearing your Devil Dog T-Shirt at AirVenture 2017 and post your photo to the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DevilDogSquadron/. There is no limit on different location submissions. Winners will be chosen each evening after the show and announced on the Facebook page.
(All winners must pick up their shirt at the Devil Dog B-25 at AirVenture 2017.)
Don’t Miss Devil Dog T-Shirt Mass Photo OP Thursday July 27th!
On Thursday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. in Warbird Alley, join the Devil Dog crew for a mass Devil Dog T-Shirt Photo Op. Come by the aircraft wearing your Devil Dog T-Shirts and be a part of our celebration of new Devil Dog Duds. We will have drawings for hats, shirts and challenge coins to give to those who attend wearing a Devil Dog Shirt and a smile.
One lucky person could win a ride certificate on Devil Dog at the CAF Wings Over Dallas Airshow Oct 6-8, 2017.
Must be present and wearing you Devil Dog T-Shirt to win.
FROM THE CAF PRESIDENT
Dear CAF Members and Supporters;
I ask you to contact your elected representative in the House to voice your opposition to “H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act.”
This legislation would privatize the U.S. air traffic control system (ATC) which would be governed by a board of appointees, not the FAA. Unfortunately, the balance of this board weighs heavily in favor of the airlines, who strongly support this bill.
As you may have read earlier this month, we joined our colleagues in the business and sport aviation community to vigorously oppose this bill. Click here to read more. We urge you to contact your representative today and let them know that you oppose this bill. Below are some talking points we urge you to use when communicating with your representative.
To find your local representative visit: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ There is a link to directly email your representative.
- It is best to address your representative as “The Honorable” or “Representative”
- The United States National Airspace system is the world’s best, safest system. This system has evolved over years of balancing the needs of all the users of the airspace system, including airlines, business aviation and General Aviation.
- “H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act” would privatize the airspace system and put control in a board of appointees, heavily weighted toward the airlines.
- While many countries have private air traffic control systems, none are as efficient at handling air traffic as the current system. These private systems also favor airlines over the other users of the system and make it difficult or nearly impossible for non-airline aviation to exist.
- We do not feel this system would do anything to enhance safety or efficiency and would lead to a reduction in services and support for non-airline aviation.
- The National Airspace belongs to all citizens and the rights of special interests should not outweigh the public good.
- We urge you and your colleagues to seek a reasoned, equitable answer to supporting and enhancing the world’s best and safest air traffic control system in the world.
Stephan C. Brown
photo: Shutterstock 456200890/servickuz
CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend Will Salute the Tuskegee Airmen
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (July 17, 2017) - The amazing accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and beyond will be celebrated as the theme of the third annual CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend Oct. 8-9, 2017, at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, Chamblee, Georgia. Hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing, the weekend will feature the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater along with its restored P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Airmen.
“We are bringing at least 20 original Tuskegee Airmen veterans to share in the acknowledgment of the outstanding history of the black aviators who overcame prejudice and adversity to serve their country so well,” said Atlanta Warbird Weekend Chairman Moreno Aguiari. “We also plan to exhibit aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, including the P-51, P-47, P-40, and trainers used then, such as the BT-13, PT-17 Stearman and T-6. An original Tuskegee Airmen T-6 will appear courtesy of the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum out of Detroit, Michigan. It was delivered to Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama in 1943. The museum also will bring a 37-panel exhibit.”The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater tours the country throughout the year to educate and inspire young and old with the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Special tours will be provided for Atlanta school children Wednesday through Friday. School officials can book student tours by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Another highlight this year is the appearance of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast, and rides will be offered Thursday through Sunday. Rides may be booked in advance by clicking HERE. WWII aircraft rides in P-51 Mustang, SBD Dauntless, T-6 and more, will be available for purchase throughout the weekend, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience for young and old alike. Warbird rides can be purchased HERE.
The CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend also plans to screen the documentary “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen” on Friday night. Educational programs Saturday and Sunday will include Warbirds in Review presentations in front of various historic aircraft.The annual CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend dinner Saturday night will feature the Tuskegee Airmen at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. Tickets are available by clicking HERE.
About the Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, Texas, the organization has more than 11,000 members and operates a fleet of more than 165 aircraft. These aircraft compose the world’s largest flying museum, and are operated for the education of present and future generations. www.commemorativeairforce.org.
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 www.dixiewing.org.
About the CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend
The CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend (AWW) is an annual event dedicated to the remembrance and celebration of the men, women and machines of The Greatest Generation. In metro Atlanta, there are significant historical resources and AWW is the catalyst to bring together the organizations, aircraft and people that keep this history alive and engage families and businesses that want to keep this spirit alive. Our goal is to elevate awareness of historical organizations in Metro Atlanta, raise funds to “Keep ‘em Flying”, promote the sponsors and the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport - who make the event possible. www.atlantawarbirdweekend.com
June 13, 2017 - (San Marcos, Texas) The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announces the addition of a Bell 47 to their fleet of warbirds. The CAF has the world’s largest collection of flying vintage military aircraft, but this helicopter, is the only flying helicopter in the fleet.
The Bell 47 is a two-bladed, single-engine, light aircraft manufactured by Bell Helicopter. The Bell 47 entered U.S. military service in 1946, as the H-13 Sioux. Its versatility made it an excellent candidate for scouting, search and rescue and medevac duties. During the Korean War, it was known as the “Angel of Mercy” for evacuating wounded soldiers from difficult-to-reach positions on the front lines. Its iconic shape, and simple construction made the Bell easy to recognize when it reprised its Korean War role for audiences in the TV show "M*A*S*H".
Including the Bell 47 in the fleet gives the CAF an opportunity to broaden the story of American military aviation, even extend into the Vietnam War era, because many of that generation’s helicopter pilots were trained in the type.
The CAF’s example is a Bell 47G-4A featuring a 310 horsepower Lycoming VO-540 was constructed in 1969 for the civilian market. It was operated extensively by a flight school until it was generously donated by a CAF Colonel. Due to its bubble canopy, the Bell 47 offers great all around visibility, making it an ideal aircraft for sightseeing and living history flights.
The aircraft has been assigned to a new sponsor group called The Tail Rotor Group led by CAF Col Roger Sharp. The helicopter will be hangered in the Central Texas Wing’s stunning World War II hangar at the San Marcos Regional Airport. The Sponsor Group’s first order of business will be to return the helicopter to authentic U.S. Army colors.
Those interested in supporting this aircraft or joining the CAF’s first helicopter specific unit are encouraged to contact CAF Col Roger Sharp at email@example.com.
About the Commemorative Air Force:
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. For 60 years the CAF has acquired, restored and flown these aircraft as a tribute to the greatest generation and to educate the public. The organization has more than 60 locations, across the world and is headquartered in Dallas. A committed group of over 11,000 members who volunteer their time and talents to maintain and operate the CAF's fleet of more than 165 World War II aircraft. This is the largest flying museum in the world. Learn more and see how you can participate at www.CommemorativeAirForce.org.