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CAF participates in North Texas Giving Day Sept. 20

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is again participating in this year’s North Texas Giving Day, an online giving event for people to support their favorite charities in the North Texas region.

Give to the CAF before midnight on Thursday, September 20th!

Increase the Impact of Your Gift While gifts of any size help, every gift of $25 or more made to the CAF through https://northtexasgivingday.org/commemorative-air-force qualifies for a percentage of bonus funds – making the impact of your gift even greater.

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CAF Dixie Wing Inviting WWII Veterans to Honor 75th Anniversary of D-Day at WW II Heritage Days in April

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (Sept.12, 2018) – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hopes to have at least 75 WWII veterans attend to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe next spring. The historic event will be commemorated around the world in 2019, including the 16th annual WWII Heritage Days, April 27-28, 2019, at Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

“We had more than 60 veterans at WWII Heritage Days in 2018,” said Jim Buckley, leader of the all-volunteer CAF Dixie Wing. “We are reaching out to invite even more representatives of...

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D-Day Squadron Announces Collaboration with KOTA Longboards®

Oxford, Conn. – September 5th, 2018 – The D-Day Squadron, a full squadron of WW2 C-47s (known as the “Gooney Bird” or “Dakota”) that will be returning to Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, announced a new collaboration with Kota Longboards®. Kota, a custom longboard manufacturer, has developed a unique, limited-addition board exclusively for the D-Day Squadron. The manufacturer will donate $50 of each board sold to the squadron in support of their efforts to return to the skies over Normandy to commemorate one...

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Filming for the CAF RISE ABOVE:WASP Film Has Begun

AUGUST, 2018, Sweetwater, TX – Filming has begun for the CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP film at Avenger Field, the actual air base where the WASP trained for their various duties. Young actresses are in the process of bringing to life black-and-white-photos of the WASP from the 1940s, recreating history to be captured on film to be used to inspire and educate Americans of all ages.

In the past two years, the CAF Education team has been hard at work developing an experiential learning program that can easily be implemented by the many CAF units across the country. Part of that work is the...

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WWII Veteran Honored with Flight on B-25 Mitchell "Maid in the Shade"

AUGUST 27, 2018 Leesburg, VA – CAF Airbase Arizona B-25 Maid in the Shade arrived in Leesburg this week as part of the CAF Flying Legends Victory Tour. There they joined with the Culpeper, VA based CAF Capital Wing, which flew their TBM Avenger Doris Mae. Soon after arriving at Leesburg Executive Airport, The CAF Airbase Arizona members had the honor to welcome 98 year old World War II veteran, SGT. Stu Allen and his family, aboard the B-25 Maid in the Shade.

This was the first time that Allen had been on a B-25 since the war. Allen was a crew chief on a PBJ (Marine version of a...

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CAF Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow Brings History to Life, OCTOBER 26-28

COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE BRINGS HISTORY TO LIFE AT WINGS OVER DALLAS, OCTOBER 26-28 Massive Airshow Commemorates the D-Day Invasion

(August 20, 2018, Dallas, TX) - North Texas’ largest airshow returns to Dallas Executive Airport October 26-28 when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) hosts Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow, presented by Frost Bank. The interactive event features spectacular flying demonstrations, battle reenactments, veteran appearances, living history encampments, hands-on family activities, aircraft rides, cockpit tours and more.

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Texas Medal of Honor Memorial on Display in Gainesville, Texas

(Gainesville, July 24, 2018) – The Texas Medal of Honor Memorial recently moved from Midland, Texas to a temporary home in the library building of the North Central Texas College (NCTC) in Gainesville, Texas. The Memorial honors native Texan recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. It can be viewed in the NCTC library building during normal opening hours and is accessible to the public. Free parking is available in front of the library building and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

Sculpted by Doyle Glass and Scott Boyer, the statue and accompanying exhibits were dedicated...

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Looking back at EAA AirVenture 2018

It’s been over a week since AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and several of us are still going through photos. The show featured several CAF warbirds including C-47 That’s All, Brother, PBJ Devil Dog, P-51 Gunfighter, P-51 Tuskegee Airmen, SB2C Helldiver, and more. Many of your watched your social media feeds explode with photos leaving your green with envy. You’ve got a whole year to plan to be there in person, Next year’s AirVenture is July 22-28, 2019. And if you can’t wait that long, you should be sure to grab your tickets for CAF Wings Over Dallas this October at...

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Commemorative Air Force Selects Henry “Hank” Coates as New President/CEO

(Oshkosh, WI – July 23, 2018) The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced today that its General Staff (Board of Directors) has chosen Henry “Hank” Coates to serve as the new President/CEO of the organization, effective immediately.

“We are very enthusiastic to bring on Hank as our new president,” said CAF Chief of Staff, Doug Rozendaal. “He will play a key role in our organization’s leadership and is coming to us at a great time—in a period of remarkable growth and with tremendous opportunities in front of us. We have thoughtfully spent the past few months seeking out the best person to...

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Commemorative Air Force Confirms Accident with WWII Aircraft C-47 Bluebonnet Belle

(Burnet, Texas, July 21, 2018) - This morning a little after 9 a.m. Central, the Commemorative Air Force’s World War II aircraft, C-47 Bluebonnet Belle N47HL, had an accident at takeoff and caught fire. The accident occurred at Burnet Municipal Airport in Burnet, Texas where it is assigned to the Highland Lakes Squadron. There were 13 people on board the aircraft when the accident occurred. All 13 were able to exit the aircraft without any fatalities. A few suffered injuries and two are currently being treated at hospitals. The fire was extensive, and the aircraft is a total loss. The...

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D-Day Squadron Fleet Soaring Into AirVenture

Oxford, Conn. – July 16, 2018 – Representatives from the D-Day Squadron’s fleet of American C-47 and DC-3 aircraft are making their way to EAA’s AirVenture for the annual “World’s Greatest Aviation Festival.” 11 aircraft that are part of the D-Day Squadron will join forces to wow audiences and commemorate the D-Day invasion of Normandy nearly 75 years ago. The group aims to honor the citizen soldiers who helped liberate Europe and end the War, and build support for their upcoming journey across the Atlantic to commemorate the...

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WWII Heritage Days 2019 to Honor 75th Anniversary of D-Day

CAF Dixie Wing Volunteers recreate the 1940s

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (July 9, 2018) - the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe will be commemorated around the world in 2019, and Georgia will be part of it with the 16th annual WWII Heritage Days, April 27-28, 2019, at Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field in Peachtree City. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing will recreate the 1940s era with the music of Glenn Miller at a Hangar Dance and displays of historic...

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ALL THINGS INNOVATION PROGRAMMING JULY 24 AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2018

New technologies, awards, thought leaders part of ‘what’s next’ in flight

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 12, 2018) — The cutting-edge technology and products that will drive general aviation’s next generation come together at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 on Tuesday, July 24, with a full Innovations Day of programming and events on the AirVenture grounds.

The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The event is traditionally the venue where the...

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Greg Shelton to Receive 2018 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

EAST TROY, WISCONSIN, June 11, 2018 -- World Airshow News has announced that Greg Shelton is the 2018 recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. One of the most prestigious awards in the airshow industry, the list of Barber honorees reads like an airshow hall of fame.

Like many in the airshow business, Shelton’s interest in aviation started as a child. His father flew fighters in the U.S. Navy and Greg grew up watching fire bombers operate in northern California. He started flying lessons in 1982 using a Piper J-3 Cub, but before he could finish his license, Shelton traded in...

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Veterans Enjoy Hero Status at WWII Heritage Days

PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (April 30, 2018) – A record crowd helped welcome about 60 World War II veterans to the 15th Annual World War II Heritage Days at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum in Peachtree City, Ga. Rare vintage aircraft, including the restored B-17 Flying Fortress, “Texas Raiders,” completed the WWII atmosphere for the veterans, especially for five who actually flew on the historic aircraft. Two were B-17 crewmembers who had not been on the bombers in more than 70 years.

“It was truly heartwarming to see children and guests of all ages take time to...

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World’s Most Prestigious Air & Space Hall of Fame to Enshrine Distinguished Class of 2018

Peggy Whitson, Ellen Ochoa, Brad Tilden, Bruce Whitman, Lloyd “Fig” Newton, Richard I. Bong. Corporate Angel Network / Air Charity Network and other aviation and space legends to be honored at San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annual star-studded celebration.

San Diego, CA - May 07, 2018 – Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and holder of the record for most days in space by a NASA astronaut; Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in the world to go into space; Brad Tilden, Chairman/CEO of Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska...

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Battle of Midway 76th Commemoration Ceremony Invitation

On June 2, 2018, American Veterans “AMVETS” Hawaii and the Barbers Point Riding Club will be hosting the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway was a major turning point in World War II.

Please accept and share this invitation to commemorate the incredible victory at Midway made possible because of the immense skill and bravery of the men who fought in the skies, on land, and in and under the sea. The outcome of the battle was truly built on their heroism and sacrifice. And on this day and every day, we honor the service of our heroes.

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D-Day Veteran C-47 to Appear at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport Good Neighbor Day Open House and Airshow

Oxford, Conn. – May 7, 2018 – The Tunison Foundation, a non-profit organization that owns and operates World War II-era aircraft, is bringing their D-Day veteran – the C-47 Placid Lassie of the D-Day Squadron – to the upcoming DeKalb Peachtree Airport Good Neighbor Day Open House and Airshow, Saturday, May 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The FREE family friendly event will feature numerous aerobatic performances, aircraft on static display and an array of exhibitors and vendors.

Visitors will get to see Placid Lassie on static display for up close viewing and cockpit tours. The crew...

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D-Day Squadron to Make Debut at SUN ‘n FUN with Four Historic Aircraft

Oxford, Conn. – April 3, 2018 – The Tunison Foundation, a non-profit organization that owns and operates World War II era aircraft, is proud to debut their newly minted D-Day Squadron at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in and Expo. The group will feature four D-Day Squadron C-47 and DC-3 aircraft that are preparing to cross the Atlantic...

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Monument Dedication Planned for B-24 Liberator Crew in Iceland

A stone and stainless steel monument will be dedicated on May 3, 2018 honoring Americans who died in the crash of the B-24 Liberator called Hot Stuff in inclement weather near Grindavik, Iceland on May 3, 1943.

May 3, 2018 will mark the 75th anniversary of the death of one of America’s great military leaders and the loss of the B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff, the first heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force to complete 25 missions. It crashed into a mountain in Iceland while trying to land in inclement weather. A monument will be dedicated near the crash site on May 3, 2018, honoring Lt....

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CAF’s P-47 Thunderbolt Heads to California

Camarillo, California (March 26, 2018) - The P-47 was one of the most produced American World War II aircraft, with more than 15,000 built. It is an important aircraft in the CAF’s fleet, but this P-47 is no longer airworthy. The Flying Museum Board of the Commemorative Air Force recently made the decision to assign the P-47 restoration project to the Southern California Wing in Camarillo, California.

In 2006, the CAF P-47 was on a test flight in Albuquerque after a maintenance period. Moments after takeoff the aircraft’s engine caught fire. The pilot executed an extremely skilled...

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Launch of D-Day Squadron to Bring American C-47s Back Over Beaches of Normandy in Epic Flyover Event

Oxford, Conn. – February 5, 2018 – The Tunison Foundation, a non-profit organization that owns and operates World War II era aircraft, today announced the launch of the D-Day Squadron) to honor the citizen soldiers who helped liberate Europe and end the War. They will lead a contingent of American C-47 aircraft in a trans-Atlantic trek to participate in the Daks Over Normandy event from June 2-6, 2019 which will include a mass flyover across the English Channel...

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WWII Aircraft that Led the D-Day Invasion Flies Again

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a non-profit flying museum, announces that the aircraft that led a formation of more than 800 C-47s to Normandy to drop paratroopers on D-Day, will take its first flight since the restoration began. On January 31, 2018, at 1 p.m. CST in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, D-Day C-47 That’s All, Brother will return to the sky.

It has been nearly ten years since C-47 That’s All, Brother flew, but the airplane’s incredible D-Day history was only recently discovered by U.S. Air Force historian, Matt Scales. This airplane, which led the first major blow in the Allied...

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B-17 Bomber to Arrive for WWII Heritage Days

15th Annual CAF Event Honors Medal of Honor Recipients

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (Jan. 29, 2018) - A restored B-17 Flying Fortress, “Texas Raiders”, will arrive in Atlanta for the 15th annual World War II Heritage Days April 21-22 at the Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Ga. Ground tours will be available, and rides can be purchased for flights Friday through Sunday, April 20-22.

Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts the event at the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum adjacent to the airport, and this year will pay tribute to Medal of Honor recipients from...

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Tex Hill Wing to Host Vietnam Remembrance Event in San Antonio

(January 24, 2018- San Antonio) - It's been a half century since the infamous 1968 Tet Offensive forced America to re-think its involvement in the Vietnam War. The CAF's Tex Hill Wing on Feb. 17 will host Tet '68 Plus 50 at Stinson Municipal Airport in San Antonio to honor Vietnam War veterans and showcase some of the conflict's aircraft, vehicles and military equipment. " 'Tet' was the pivoting point in America's Vietnam odyssey," says event organizer and Tex Hill Wing member Morgan Montalvo. "Tet is the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, and both sides had grown accustomed to annual ceasefires...

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The CAF Alaska Wing is set to repaint their Harvard

January 2, 2018 – (Anchorage, Alaska) - The CAF’s most northern unit, the Col Mike Hunt Alaska Wing is working to repaint their assigned Harvard and are looking for interested volunteers. The aircraft is 66 years old and is long overdue for a new paint job. The project is made possible because of some recent fundraisers and increased activity/ engagement with the community. The group would like to freshen up the Harvard for the 2018 airshow season - especially for Arctic Thunder June 30 – July 1, 2018.

Chuck Miller and the crew at Chaz Aero Aircraft Refinish have generously donated a...

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Living Aviation History Day Features History of Racing Planes

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (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 HERE for details.

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CAF Coyote Wing Members Receive Prestigious Award

Corsicana, Texas - (May 21, 2017) Three members of the Coyote Squadron, a unit of the Commemorative Air Force based in Corsicana, Texas received the Master Pilot Award. The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot Award” is the most prestigious award that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

It is named after the Wright Brothers, the first American pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years. This award has been given to less than 3,200...

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Tuskegee Airmen Story Told at Peachtree City, GA Hangar May 20

PEACHTREE CITY, Georgia. (May 15, 2017) – The renowned Tuskegee Airmen and their successors in the U.S. Air Force broke many barriers on their way to aviation history. Researcher/Historian Zellie Orr and a panel of Tuskegee Airmen and successors will discuss the stories of this famed group at the May 20 Living Aviation History program, presented by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Museum. The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the museum hangar located at 1200 Echo Ct., Peachtree City, Georgia. The building is adjacent to Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field. General admission...

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Inland Empire Wing Membership Moves Ahead

Remembering Someone Else by Bill Prosser, CAF Inland Empire Wing Leader

Photo by Camm Kirk

(Riverside, California - May 11, 2017) The following is a portion of an article that I wrote as the Executive Officer of the Inland Empire Wing many years ago. Let me begin by saying that this article Does Not Apply to the Inland Empire Wing as it is now, I will explain more later.

*We are all saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our wings most valuable members, Someone Else. Someone’s passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many...

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Wings Over St. Louis on Memorial Day Weekend

(St. Louis – May 10, 2017) – This Memorial Day Weekend the skies of St. Louis will be full of authentic World War II aircraft that will fly into Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The 3-day event runs Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29 and is open to the public. Historic aircraft including authentic bombing and training aircraft will be on display and available for rides. These aircraft are powerful American icons bringing the sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation to St. Louis area.

The event will be open to the public May 27 - 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event will take...

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