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CAF Dixie Wing Members Awarded Prestigious Awards for their commitment to Aviation

Three CAF Dixie Wing Members Receive FAA Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award

Two also receive Master Mechanic Award

**PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (Oct. 14, 2019) **–Three members of the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing recently received the Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), recognizing more than 50 years of piloting aircraft safely. The prestigious awards were presented in October to Ronald D. “Andy” Anderson of Moreland, Ga.; James Buckley of Fayetteville, Ga.; and Tony Stein of Locust Grove, Ga. Buckley and Stein also received the FAA’s...

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CAF Statement On Collings Foundation's B-17 Incident

This morning the Collings Foundation’s B-17 *Nine-O-Nine* was involved in an incident at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.  Information is still developing. At this time, there are confirmed fatalities as well as serious injuries reported. We have heartfelt sympathy for all of those involved, their families, and their loved ones.  Our thoughts are with them now and the difficult days ahead.

As news develops, the [Collings Foundation](https://www.facebook.com/collings.foundation/) will be the best source for accurate and up-to-date information.

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Wings Out West Airshow in Prescott Arizona on Oct 5

September 26, 2019, Prescott, AZ – On October 5, 2019 the Wings Out West Airshow presented by Embry Riddle will pay a special tribute to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with several events and appearances. The Guest of honor will be Lt. Col. David Hamilton the last living Pathfinder pilot of D-Day. Hamilton will be joined by CAF’s C-53 D-Day Doll, an aircraft which also participated in D-Day, and a special jump performed by the Liberty Jump Team.

Hamilton flew and commanded one of the 20 Pathfinder aircraft that flew special missions to support the Invasion of Normandy. These...

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CAF at Reno Air Races in 2019 - Recap

Text & Images by Joe Gonzalez

This year’s National Championship Air Races were held in Reno, Nevada on Sept 12-15, 2019. For those who were unable to attend, here is a quick recap of the event.

Mother Nature cooperated nicely, providing very cool mornings, pleasant early afternoon temperatures and sunny late afternoons. The crowds seemed larger than last year which was most apparent in the grandstands, that were about 80% filled.

The Commemorative Air Force Headquarters attended this year, along the traditional CAF units who attend, High Sierra Squadron and CAF Southern...

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Flying Musicians Seeks Student Musician Solo Scholarship Nominations

**September 23, 2019, Fort Worth, TX: ** The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) recognizes the correlation between hard work and skill required by both learning to fly and learning music -- practice, precision, working with others, multitasking, and ultimately performance -- and to that end, has opened the floor to nominations for the sixth year to passionate student musicians for the 2020 FMA Solo program. The program has averaged 2+ scholarships per year in the first five years while welcoming nearly two hundred new student members into the FMA network.

The 2020 FMA Solo Scholarship...

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COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE KICKS OFF WINGS OVER DALLAS WORLD WAR II AIRSHOW WITH AVIATION DISCOVERY DAY FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

September 10, 2019, Dallas - The Commemorative Air Force kicks off CAF Wings Over Dallas World War II Airshow Friday, Oct. 25, by inviting thousands of local students to an Aviation Discovery Day event. The airshow theme is the Pacific Theater. Some of the event highlights will include: • Living History – Reenactors will be recreating what daily life was like for soldiers during World War II, demonstrating the differences between life then and life today, and the tools, equipment and skills used to complete tasks.

• World War II Veterans – The veterans will be there to share their...

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CAF Participates in North Texas Giving Day

MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO GET UP AND GIVE ON SEPT. 19

September 5, 2019 - Dallas - The CAF will again participate in North Texas Giving Day, an online giving event for people across the nation (and the world!) to come together to raise as much money as possible for North Texas nonprofits. But it’s just for one day!

September 19, 2019 from 6 a.m. to Midnight CST

On September 19, 2019, donations made to the Commemorative Air Force on www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org/commemorative-air-force will help us receive extra...

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Dallas Fort Worth Wing Presents Warbirds on Parade Aug 31

Lancaster, Texas, August 23, 2019- Be sure to attend the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Warbirds on Parade at the Lancaster Airport on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event attendees will have a chance to experience the very military aircraft and warbirds which played a significant role in America's fight for freedom. Countless books and films tell the tale of how warplanes and those who fought for our freedoms changed the course of history. CAF Warbirds on Parade gives you an opportunity to get an up-close look and tour vintage World War II, Korean and Vietnam-era...

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Veteran Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities on the Path to Small Business Ownership

By Kelli Brewer info@deploycare.org - Veterans have long been an entrepreneurial force in the U.S. But these days, the number of veteran-owned businesses is declining. Only 4.5 percent of post-9/11 military veterans have gone on to open a business, compared to 49.7 percent of WWII veterans and 40 percent of Korean War veterans.

This sharp decline in veteran business ownership isn’t for a lack of drive: 26 percent of veterans [say...

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CAF Dixie Wing to reunite Macon WWII Marine Corps veteran with Corsair

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (Aug. 19, 2019) - U.S. Marine Corps WWII veteran Grover Burdell Sassaman of Macon, Ga., will reunite with the aircraft he worked on more than 70 years ago, thanks to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing in Peachtree City, Ga. Pilot Wes Stowers will fly the Wing’s restored FG-1D Corsair to Macon Regional Airport at noon Sunday, Aug. 25, to give Sassaman a close-up look at the aircraft type he worked on as a mechanic in the South Pacific Theater during WWII. Sassaman, 98, is known in the Macon area for the Harley-Davidson dealership he established after the...

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Gear up to Get up and Give on North Texas “Giving Day”

Dallas, TX - August 15, 2019 - On September 19, the Commemorative Air Force will again participate in North Texas Giving Day, a one-day online giving extravaganza.

Donations made through North Texas Giving Day are increased with matching bonus funds donated by the Communities Foundation of Texas. So, these donations go even farther to help maintain and fly these aircraft as well as use them to inspire others.

It is amazing what CAF airplanes and programs can do for a community! Support helps to keep them flying for generations to come to enjoy and be inspired by. In the past...

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Razorback Wing Takes Possession of PT-22 Miss Cherie

Little Rock, Arkansas, August 8, 2019 - The Commemorative Air Force Razorback Wing welcomed the arrival of their newly assigned 1941 Ryan PT-22 Recruit named Miss Cherie on August 8, 2019. She is currently in the Little Rock area and will soon move to a more permanent location in central Arkansas.

CAF Colonels Jeremy Lashbrook, Chris Smallman & Roland Dancy flew her in from CAF Headquarters in Dallas. Miss Cherie had been assigned to the Old Dominion Squadron for several years before coming up for reassignment.

CAF Razorback Wing Member and volunteer Chris Smallman said "We...

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CAF Increases Presence at Reno Air Races

August 15, 2019 – Dallas - The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), in cooperation with the Reno Air Racing Association, has announced plans to increase involvement in the STIHL National Championship Air Races and Air Show, better known simply as the Reno Air Races, September 11 – 15, 2019. “Individual CAF Units and Members have participated at Reno for many years,” said CAF president and CEO Hank Coates. “This year, we will increase the visibility of CAF. The Unlimited category of racers has traditionally been dominated by Warbird aircraft like the P-51 ‘Mustang’ and F8F ‘Bearcat’. Many of...

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CAF Dixie Wing adds Stearman PT-17 biplane to its WWII Fleet

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (Aug. 5, 2019) -- The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum has acquired a Stearman (Boeing) PT-17 (Model 75) biplane formerly used by the military as a primary trainer aircraft in the 1930s and 1940s. The Wing plans to restore the airplane with the talents of the Wing’s volunteer mechanics and other members. More than 10,600 Model 75s were built and used by the U.S. Army Air Corps, The U.S. Navy (as the NS and N2S) and the Royal Canadian Air Force (as the Kaydet) throughout World War II.

“The Stearman is one of the...

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D-Day Doll Return’s to Riverside Hangar

**August 1, 2019 - Riverside, CA - **Join us and celebrate on August 5, 2019 at Noon Riverside Municipal Airport Terminal Building. The accomplishments of the Doll and her crew were Epic. Over the past 3 months our Doll, “From Riverside” was part of a larger group of 15 like aircraft from North America called the “75th D-Day Squadron”.

Below are the accomplishments that the Doll was part of every step of the way and much more.

  • 15 airplanes returned to Normandy, and various European commemorations
  • 6 D-Day veterans...
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Flying on the PBJ Semper Fi

A Message from CAF Member Anne Constantin Birge

July 20, 2019 - Camarillo, CA - Yesterday, I "slipped the surly bonds of Earth...put out my hand and touched the face of God." Not in a maudlin way! I did it with utter, carefree abandon, from the nose of the Camarillo CAF Mitchell PBJ-1J Semper Fi!!! I now have a permanent smile etched on my face, that started at 8:00 Saturday morning!! What an amazing adrenaline rush!! Ray, my husband, worries that I'll be talking about this for the next 3 weeks. Well, I did tell our son-in-law, the next time we see them, we have a 6.25-hour...

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Tex Hill’s Birthday Event by CAF Unit Tex Hill Wing in San Antonio Attracts Crowd

July 18, 2019, San Antonio - The first ever Tex Hill Birthday Bash and Flying Extravaganza produced by the Tex Hill Wing was a resounding success. David “Tex” Hill is a legendary World War II fighter pilot. Hill grew up in the San Antonio area and is renowned for flying the P-40 Warhawk while he was the squadron leader of the Flying Tigers. Hill is a triple Ace who participated in combat during World War II and the Korean War. Hill retired as a Brigadier General and was a great supporter of the Commemorative Air Force until his passing in 2007.

The Tex Hill Wing, a unit of Commemorative...

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CAF Wings Over Dallas Offers An Exciting Program for 2019

NATION’S LARGEST WWII THEMED AIRSHOW RETURNS OCTOBER 25-27 Commemorative Air Force’s Wings Over Dallas is an action-packed weekend at Dallas Executive Airport

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announces the return of the CAF Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow on Oct. 25-27, 2019, at Dallas Executive Airport, presented by Frost Bank.

The event annually attracts more than 15,000 visitors from more than 30 states, attracted by spectacular...

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Commemorative Air Force members selected for Warbirds 20 under 40 Rising Stars Program

July 11, 2019, Dallas – The Warbirds 20 under 40 Rising Stars Program was introduced at the 2019 National Warbird Operators Conference (NWOC). The program was established to recognize the individuals under 40 years old for their contributions to the Warbird field. By doing so, NWOC hopes to motivate other young leaders in the field, ensure the future interest in warbirds is sustainable, and reward those who are doing tremendous things in the field.

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the World’s Largest Flying Museum was the leader in the warbird movement as one of the first...

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Smallest Air Force One to Debut at EAA AirVenture 2019

(July 17, 2019, DALLAS) - Ike’s Bird, a historic L-26 Aero Commander twin-engine aircraft used by the Eisenhower White House, is coming to EAA AirVenture 2019. Now owned by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the Aero Commander has the distinction of being the smallest airplane ever to carry the call sign Air Force One.

This aircraft is especially unique because it is one of the original Commanders bought by the Air Force for the use of transporting President Dwight D. Eisenhower and other White House officials on short trips. Of all the L-26s used by the White House, this is...

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The top 10 “CAF” things to see at EAA AirVenture in 2019

Here are the top 10 “CAF” things to see at EAA AirVenture in 2019. It’s going to be another great year at EAA AirVenture. We hope to see many of you there. Of course if you can’t make it, you can follow along at our Facebook page.

  1. The return of B-24 Diamond Lil. After over a year of repair work kept this busy warbird grounded. She is back and will be on display at AirVenture a few days during the show. The B-24 is currently on tour with the CAF AirPower History...
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The Return of The D-Day Wing

Letter from the CAF President Hank Coates

July 11, 2019, Dallas - As you know, last month two aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the C-47 That’s All, Brother and the C-53 D-Day Doll, traveled to Europe to participate in the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We were privileged to join with many other aircraft from around the world to honor the sacrifice of so many in the war against tyranny.

It has been such an amazing journey to get to this point, from the discovery of That’s All, Brother in a boneyard in Wisconsin, to both aircraft flying over the...

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Gulf Coast Avionics Donates Equipment to CAF Aircraft.

GULF COAST AVIONICS IS DONATING THE ENGINEERING AND GARMIN AVIONICS TO UPGRADE FOR THE COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE’S IKE’S BIRD, AND B-29 SUPERFORTRESS FIFI

The upgrade project will deliver state-of-the-art touchscreen technology and ADS-B compliance to the B-29 Superfortress FIFI and the last airworthy example of the six L-26B Aero Commander 560 piston twins that served as “Air Force One” during the Eisenhower administration.

**Lakeland, FL (July 15, 2019) ** — Rick Garcia, President, and CEO of Gulf Coast Avionics, announced today that the company is donating the engineering and...

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WWII Heritage Days 2020 to celebrate 75th Anniversary of World War II Victory

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (July 11, 2019) - The 75th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II will be commemorated around the world in 2020, and Georgia will be part of it with the 17th annual WWII Heritage Days, May 2-3, 2020, at Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field in Peachtree City. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing will celebrate the 1940s, salute the Greatest Generation, and inspire all ages to preserve the legacy of America’s veterans. World War II veterans will be honored throughout the weekend.

A record crowd exceeding 5,000 attended WWII Heritage Days in 2019...

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How You Can Make a Difference in the Lives of US Veterans

As a whole, the American public believes that military veterans deserve respect and support. However, with so many veterans facing unemployment, homelessness, and mental health problems, among other challenges, it’s clear we’re not doing enough.

It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of veterans’ issues. Problems like veteran homelessness and PTSD can’t be solved by one person’s goodwill, but that doesn’t mean individual efforts don’t make a difference. Here are ways you can help America’s veterans.

5 Ways to Help Military Veterans

**1. Call Your Representative ** ...

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CAF DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, DULARI MEHTA, ONE OF eight 2019 Leadership Arts Institute graduates

Collin and Denton Counties—Dulari Mehta has been honored by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts by successfully completing nine months of training to become part of the next generation of arts and cultural leaders in the region.

The Leadership Arts Institute graduate joins the hundreds of business professionals who have prepared annually over the last 30 years to assume board leadership positions in the region’s non-profit arts community. Institute members are selected annually from a field of applicants who...

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Tuskegee Airman Harold Brown Inducted Into Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

**Red Wing, Minn. – June 19, 2019 – **The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is pleased to announce that one of their principal advisors and supporters, Tuskegee Airman and Minneapolis native Dr. Harold Brown, PhD, will be inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame. Dr. Brown and his wife, Dr. Marsha Bordner, PhD, together also received recognition as Writers of the Year for their book, [“Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee...

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Tuskegee Airmen to Appear with CAF Red Tail Squadron at EAA AirVenture

**Red Wing, Minn. – June 12, 2019 **– The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is proud to announce that Tuskegee Airmen Dr. Harold Brown, Col. Charles McGee and Lt. Col. George Hardy will join them as special guests at EAA AirVenture July 22-27, 2019 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The group’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater will be a featured attraction at the event’s KidVenture “Future Pilot” activity program to help inspire the next generation of aerospace professionals.

Dr. Harold Brown, Col....

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GIRLS IN FLIGHT TRAINING WEEK AT DALLAS EXEC AIRPORT

June 7, 2019, Dallas - The all ladies flying training program (Girls in Flight Training (GIFT)) will take place June 9 – 15 at Dallas Executive Airport- RBD Conference Center. This one week program provides the opportunity for women in any phase of their flight training to come together to further motivate their aviation training. The week-long training includes: ground school, air work, as well as presentations by many people from the local aviation community, including an air traffic controller, a check ride examiner, and a member/officer of the CAF WASP squadron.

**Girls In...

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Warbirds over Heber City! Congressman Chris Stewart Commemorates D-Day Anniversary

May 20, 2019, HEBER CITY, Utah.- Congressman Chris Stewart, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, will participate in a day of remembrance at a D-Day B-17 event sponsored by the Utah Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Museum, June 3-10, 2019. The event takes place at the Heber City Airport.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the main Allied invasion of continental Europe, which allowed the Allies to defeat Germany. Representative Stewart will speak to the importance of this event at a veteran’s memorial service June 6 at noon. Additional speakers include Col. Jon A....

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International Council of Air Shows Endorses Bob Hoover Commemorative Postal Honor

June 4, 2019, Jacksonville, FL: An effort announced by the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, just weeks ago, to petition the US Postal Service in honoring the late Robert A. “Bob” Hoover with a commemorative postage stamp on or about the time of his 100th birthday, is gaining serious momentum among the aviation organizations, professionals, and luminaries that populate the aviation world.

The International Council of Air Shows, the preeminent organization overseeing the airshow profession and its community, has already stepped up to voice its support for the...

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US Veteran Returns to British WWII Airbase

(June 3, 2019, Dallas) - World War II Pathfinder pilot Lt. Col. David Hamilton (97) returned to the same British airfield from which he and fellow pilots launched their pre-invasion strike on June 5, 1944. Hamilton’s visit to former RAF North Witham in Lincolnshire, England, on June 2, is part of the activities surrounding the 75th anniversary of the commencement of the Liberation of Europe, better known as D-Day. Hamilton is the last surviving Pathfinder pilot from a dangerous and top secret mission. ...

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Delta Blues Squadron Gains Momentum with T-6 and Memphis Event

May 24, 2019, Memphis, TN – The Commemorative Air Force’s Delta Blues Squadron based in Memphis is gaining momentum. The Unit was recently assigned a T-6 Texan. With a new aircraft in the hangar, and several events coming up, the unit is hoping to add some new members.

Follow and connect with the Unit on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DeltaBluesMEM/


The squadron will be participating the Memphis in May International Festival on the River on May 25th. The Delta...

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Flying Musicians Association's 2019 Solo Scholarship Winners Announced

May 11, 2019, Fort Worth, TX: The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is proud to announce the 2019 FMA Solo scholarship recipients – Amaya Burns from Indiana, Scott Lutte from Texas, and Navya Pottumutu from Victoria, British Columbia.

Outstanding nominees from all across the United States and Canada continue to impress the selection committee. John Zapp, co-founder and President of FMA, said, “Every nominee came to us highly recommended by their music director and peers. All nominees are awarded student membership in the greatest pilot/musician network in the world, and each of us...

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WWII Veteran Presented Honorary Watch inside the Cockpit of C-53 “D-Day Doll”

Tockr's New 75-Piece Limited Edition D-Day C-47 “Alfred Pepper” Bronze Watches Are Made with Salvaged Pieces of Historic D-Day C-47* That’s All, Brother*


CAF Members receive 25% off retail price. Use discount code CAF75 on Tockr.com/dday.


Urbana, OH (May 21, 2019) - Specialized in aviation inspired watches, Texas-based watch brand Tockr introduced a new 75-piece limited series of bronze commemorative watches known as the D-Day C-47 “Alfred Pepper.” Tockr named the new watches after decorated 98-year-old World War II pilot...

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Warbirds over Heber City Utah Commemorates D-Day Anniversary

HEBER CITY, Utah, May 18, 2019 - Congressman Chris Stewart, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, will participate in a day of remembrance at a D-Day B-17 event sponsored by the Utah Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Museum, June 3-10, 2019. The event takes place at the Heber City Airport.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the main Allied invasion of continental Europe, which allowed the Allies to defeat Germany. Representative Stewart will speak to the importance of this event at a veteran’s memorial service June 6th at noon. Additional speakers include Col. Jon A....

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WWII Aviators Reunite with Vintage Bomber in Olathe May 31, June 1 and 2

Olathe, Kansas (May 15, 2019)- It’s been nearly 75 years since America’s combat veterans came home to from Europe to put World War II behind them, but on May 31 three Olathe-area men will step back into their past when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B-17 Texas Raiders arrives at New Century Airport on May 31st.

Dan Fedynich flew 33 combat missions manning the ball turret in a B-17 bomber over Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, and the rocket facilities at Peenemunde, Germany. Burton Madison was a turret gunner on B-24 Liberators, flying clandestine missions over occupied Europe dropping...

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Commemorative Air Force Announces Departure of Two Aircraft Bound for Normandy to Participate in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

May 16, 2019, Dallas, TX - “After years of planning and fundraising, we are excited to see C-47 That’s All Brother *and C-53 *D-Day Doll participate in this historic mission,” said CAF president and CEO Hank Coates. “The CAF was founded to acquire and preserve the iconic aircraft of World War II. That’s All Brother and D-Day Doll both participated in the aerial invasion of France in 1944, and continue to fly today to honor our Veterans. We are privileged to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime...

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Qualifying For Social Security Disability Benefits as a Veteran

(U.S. - May 15, 2019) - If you are currently receiving VA benefits, you may be entitled to additional benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides monthly disability benefits to those who are unable to work for a year or longer. These benefits differ from VA benefits in some of their qualifications, but both can help ease any financial burdens.

Medically Qualifying

Unlike VA benefits, Social Security disability benefits do not require the condition you are experiencing to have happened during active duty. If you have developed a condition after or had a pre-existing...

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Biggest WWII Heritage Days Event Delights Veterans and Attendees

**PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (May 8, 2019) – ** More than 75 World War II veterans enjoyed the sights and sounds of the 16th Annual World War II Heritage Days at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum in Peachtree City, Ga., April 27-28. A record crowd exceeding 5,000 helped greet and honor the veterans and enjoy the aircraft, vehicles and activities throughout the weekend, which was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Europe.


*Caption: Veteran Clarence "Pappy" Boynton of...

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Presenting Sponsor and Honorary Chairs Announcement for the End of World War II 75th Commemoration

May 8, 2018, Washington, DC –– The Arsenal of Democracy Executive Committee and the Hawaii Commemoration Committee today jointly announced the Bob Hope Legacy, supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, will be the Presenting Sponsor of the bookend events planned to remember and honor the 75th commemoration of the end of World War II. Their $1 million grant will support the activities taking place between May and September 2020. The Committees also announced today that Bob and Elizabeth Dole will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the commemoration, remembering and honoring the...

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Commemorative Air Force D-Day Aircraft to Attend the Paris Air Show

April 19, 2019, Dallas – Commemorative Air Force (CAF) D-Day Wing is proud to announce that they will be attending the 2019 Paris Air Show. This is the first time that CAF aircraft from the U.S. have participated in the airshow which will take place at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre, just outside Paris near the Charles de Gaulle International Airport, from June 17 –23, 2019. The D-Day aircraft, C-47 That’s All, Brother and C-53 D-Day Doll will both fly and be on static display during the show. The aircraft will include this stop as part of this summer’s...

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Visit, Honor, Learn, Fly -- CAF Utah Wing Museum Re-Opens

HEBER CITY, Utah - The Utah Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Museum re-opens for the 2019 season May 4th. The museum will be open May – October, 10am-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. The museum is located at the Heber City, Utah airport. The CAF is a non-profit all volunteer organization.

The museum was established in 2009 by four local Utah WWII veterans and two long-standing CAF members. We are dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and demonstration of the magnificent aircraft that dominated the skies during World War II. Our goal is to perpetuate in...

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US Army Golden Knights to Jump at WWII Heritage Days

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (April 15, 2019) – The record-setting U.S. Army Golden Knights aerial demonstration team will display its acclaimed parachuting skills Saturday and Sunday afternoons, April 27 and 28, at the World War II Heritage Days weekend in Peachtree City. Ga. The team performs at more than 100 events per year and has earned 2,148 gold, 1,117 silver, and 693 bronze medals in national and international competition. Team members also have set 348 world records.

World War II Heritage Days is hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing...

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April 18 Webinar with Pathfinder Dave Hamilton

Watch the Recording of the Webinar

Pathfinder pilot Dave Hamilton will share his experiences, from Normandy to Market Garden, paving the way for the launch of the D-Day Squadron, an historic effort to cross the Atlantic with a fleet of World War II aircraft to commemorate the largest seaborne invasion in history. Join C-47 That's All, Brother aircrew and Eric Zipkin, the head pilot of the D-Day Squadron to talk about the mission to Normandy.

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WWII Heritage Days to Feature Greater Variety of Displays, Activities

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (April 8, 2019) – A variety of historic aircraft, parachute jumping, an Army band and a video dome will provide new experiences at World War II Heritage Days, hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing April 27-28, 2019 at Atlanta Regional Airport (Falcon Field) in Peachtree City. The weekend event will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Europe, including a rare display of three C-47 transport planes that actually participated in the invasion. Rides will be available.

This year, guests will be directed to parking at the nearby...

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Phillips 66 Lubricants Supports Historic Aircraft and its mission to Normandy

April 5, 2019, Lakeland, FL – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced April 5 that Phillips 66 Lubricants will sponsor the iconic World War II aircraft, C-47 That’s All, Brother. This summer, That’s All, Brother will participate in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and participate in a series of commemorative ceremonies. The sponsorship is part of a grand effort to support this historical aircraft’s monumental journey across the North Atlantic to return to Europe and retrace the flight across the English Channel to Normandy.

“We...

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COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE HIRES NANCY MCGEE NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION!

April 3, 2019, Dallas – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is pleased to announce and welcome Nancy McGee as the organization’s new Vice President of Education. The CAF, the world’s largest flying museum, has more than 60 years of experience in preserving, flying and exhibiting World War II aircraft. The CAF began its informal education program back in the 1960s with its first airshow. Using the flying aircraft at the show to tell a story and to explain the importance of American military aviation history to others.

Today, the organization’s mission is to educate, inspire, and honor...

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Medal of Honor Recipient Capt. Steven Bennett Honored in Gainesville, Texas

(Gainesville, March 28, 2019) – The Ground Forces Detachment of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) unveiled a new addition to the Texas Medal of Honor Memorial today. The new display educates on the heroic acts of U.S. Air Force Captain Steven Logan Bennett of Palestine, Texas. He was killed in action during the Vietnam War and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously. Speaking at the brief ceremony was John Sprouse of the CAF Ground Forces Detachment, with Gabbriel Fletcher and Debbie Sharp of the North Central Texas...

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National Education Program, CAF Rise Above, adds the story of the Female Pilots of WWII

February 22, 2019, Dallas- The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) RISE ABOVE: Red Tail Leadership is proud to announce the expansion of its educational outreach program to include the story and experience of the Women Service Air Force Pilots (WASP). For eight years the CAF Rise Above Red Tail Traveling Exhibit has traveled across the country inspiring people from all walks of life with the history and lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen, the U.S. military’s first African American aviators.

What began as one meticulously restored P-51C Mustang has grown into a cross-country educational...

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Getting Ready For 2019 Airshow Season

March 22, 2019- Several CAF aircraft are stretching their wings ready to take airshow season on. Some even got a new look, check out some recent restoration updates and photos. Some of the CAF aircraft have already taken off for the 2019 Airshow season. You can see more about these tour stops by checking out the events page. If you want to keep up on stories like these restorations, please subscribe to our news email list a the bottom of this page. CAF Members automatically receive this news via email.

P-63 Kingcobra (Houston,...

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P-40 Warhark has Mechanical Failure On Landing

March, 22, 2018, Conroe, TX - On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the CAF’s P-40 Warhawk experienced a mechanical failure in the left main landing gear system, causing the left gear to collapse on landing. The incident occurred at Conroe Regional Airport. Thankfully, there were no injuries to the pilot or others. The aircraft did suffer damage to the prop, wingtip, wing skin, left aileron, left flap, and possibly to the engine as well. The aircraft was moved to a CAF member's hangar on the airfield and volunteers have already removed the engine for inspection and assessing the other damage....

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C-47 That's All Brother Flies 2000 Miles to Honor D-Day Veteran

(Dayton, OH) March 18, 2019 – A notable historic aircraft, named That’s All, Brother, made an unscheduled trip from its home base in San Marcos, Texas to Dayton, Ohio on March 17, 2019, to visit and honor WWII veteran Jim “Pee Wee” Martin. Martin is one of the last remaining “Toccoa Originals,” U.S. Army Paratroopers, made famous by the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.”

After learning that deteriorating health would prevent Martin, age 97, from making a planned trip to France for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, volunteers with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) decided to take the...

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Relive the Greatest Generation at 11th Annual 1940s Ball in Colorado

**DENVER & BOULDER, Colo. March 05, 2019 **-- The 1940s WWII Era Ball, an event that turns back the clock to celebrate our nation’s heroes, patriotism, sophisticated fashion, and the swinging, sentimental sounds of big band orchestras returns for it’s 11th annual 1940s vintage-style gala on Saturday, June 15th, 2019, at the Boulder Airport.

The 1940s WWII Era Ball is honored to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year, with the world’s most popular and sought-after big band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, LA’s Wartime Radio Revue, Hollywood’s Satin Dollz and re-enactors bringing...

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Commemorative Air Force Breaks Ground on Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center

DALLAS (March 1, 2019) – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction and the naming of its $8 million, 47,000-square-foot National Aviation Education Center at Dallas Executive Airport. The educational center will include a STEM Innovation aircraft hangar, classrooms and exhibit space. This building is the first phase of the organization’s plans for an aviation campus, called the CAF National Airbase.

CAF President Hank Coates began the ceremony by remarking “Today, as we turn the ground and embark on this building, I am...

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D-Day Wing Normandy Update

Lat updated February 18, 2019 - Many have been asking for an update on C-47 That’s All, Brother and C-53 D-Day Doll’s trip to Normandy. If this is the first you are hearing about this event, then here is an article from June 2018 to read up on the trip. Click here to read June Dispatch

To learn more about other aircraft from the U.S. going as part of the D-Day Squadron, you can learn more when you Click here to go to the D-Day Squadron website.

Here are some of the most commonly asked...

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CAF Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

On March 2, 2019, the Commemorative Air Force will induct three deserving individuals into the organization’s Hall of Fame. Only those that have devoted considerable time and effort to help to sustain and grow the organization are considered for this high honor. This year the CAF will induct Randy Wilson, J.W. Don Johnson, and Walt Estridge (posthumously). Information about attending the CAF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet are found at this link.

**Randy...

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Hemlock Films 'The Restorers – Season 1' Now Available through Google Play and Amazon Prime

The producers of the Emmy Award winning PBS hits Beyond The Powder and Red Tail Reborn now have a new historical aviation series available to the U.S. online: The Restorers – Season 1. The documentary series is now available through Google Play online distribution service and Amazon Prime.

The Restorers – Season 1 is the Emmy award-winning original aviation series that started it all. This exciting series examines...

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Two D-Day Aircraft to attend WWII Heritage Days

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (Jan. 28, 2019) – Two historic Douglas C-47 Skytrain troop transport aircraft will highlight this year’s World War II Heritage Days, hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing April 27-28, 2019 at Atlanta Regional Airport (Falcon Field) in Peachtree City. The C-47 That’s All, Brother was recently restored to its original configuration by the CAF, with help from a national Kickstarter funding campaign, and Placid Lassie was previously restored and has appeared at numerous aviation events.

Both aircraft, actual...

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Julie Clark Wins ICAS Sword of Excellence

Longtime CAF Member and air show performer Julie Clark was recognized as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious ICAS Sword of Excellence during ceremonies last week in Las Vegas at the ICAS convention in December of 2018.

Julie was recognized as a trailblazer, mentor, role model and leader during an air show career that now spans four decades. Her personal story of overcoming adversity, persevering and exceling in a male-dominated industry has been a source of inspiration to millions. And she has actively participated in a wide variety of aviation organizations during her air show career,...

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B-24 LIBERATOR Diamond Lil comes to Tulsa Aviation and Space Museum at Tulsa International Airport

Dallas, Texas, January 21, 2019- The Consolidated B-24 Liberator, DIAMOND LIL, will land at Tulsa International Airport and park at the Tulsa Aviation and Space Museum. The 4-engine bomber will be joined by a P-51 Mustang, C-45 Expeditor, T-6 Texan, PT-13 Stearman and PT-19 Cornell. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour brings the sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation to airports across North America each year. Visitors to the ramp will be able to view all aircraft up close, purchase rides, and tour the B-24 cockpit when the aircraft is flying.

The...

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Dallas Area Educational Program for Black History Month at CAF Headquarters

Dallas, Texas, January 14, 2019 - The CAF RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit will return to Dallas for a Black History Month program. This field trip provides students with an opportunity to learn about the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first African-American Military Pilots, and how the Airmen overcame segregation and adversity to become some of America’s best pilots in World War II.

The exhibit features a unique large-format, curved screen theater which allows students to experience our “Rise Above” film in an interactive setting. The film covers the topic of civil rights and the uphill...

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CAF Rise Above Education Program to be featured at WWII Heritage Days

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (Jan. 14, 2019) – Two national educational programs from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will enhance the lineup of events scheduled for the 16th annual WWII Heritage Days, April 27-28, 2019, at the Dixie Wing Warbird Museum at Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Ga. The “Rise Above” programs, based in Dallas, Texas, will feature the history of famed Tuskegee Airmen and the Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) organization. Displays will include a unique video dome and historic aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen was the first video program for the...

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Second Arsenal of Democracy to Take Flight Over Washington, DC on May 8, 2020

Washington, DC, January 7, 2019 –– The Arsenal of Democracy Executive Planning Committee today announced that it is planning a second Arsenal of Democracy Flyover that will take place on Friday, May 8, 2020, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II (WWII) in Europe.

As part of a thrilling two-day celebration in the nation’s capital, the flyover will coincide with a ceremony for veterans at the National World War II Memorial, and will consist of a vast assortment of U.S. and Allied WWII aircraft flying overhead in 24 separate historically sequenced warbird...

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CAF Wings Over Houston Announces TWO Demo Teams in 2019!

(Houston, TX, January 7, 2019) - Full-Tilt Awesome is Inbound – Houston! That means you get not ONE, but TWO National Military Jet Teams at CAF Wings Over Houston 2019!

Announcing the 2019 CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow, October 19 & 20, 2019!

Next year you will get to experience not one, but TWO military jet demonstration teams … the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds! Plus, a bevy of some of the best military and civilian pilots in the world, flying for you.

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Unit Award Nominations are due by January 31st!

January 2, 2019, Dallas, TX - It is time to send in Unit Award nominations! The national level awards program is intended to recognize contributions that have been extraordinary and have brought national recognition to the accomplishments of Units. For award criteria and sample citations, please see CAFR 900-1 CAF Awards and Decorations. Nominations for Units are due by January 31st! If you have any questions, please contact Donna Blalack, dblalack@cafhq.org.

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Donate $150 to the P-51 Red Nose, and you'll get a piece of history

(Peachtree City, GA, December 19, 2018) - Have you been looking for a unique holiday gift for that hard to shop for person on your list? Or, are you interested in owning a piece of history for yourself? We have just the thing. How about a piece of the famed WWII P-51 Mustang named Red Nose?

For a limited time as part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) annual 12 Planes of Christmas fundraising campaign, and for a donation of $150 or more, an approximate 2 inch square piece of wing skin could be yours. This is a limited time offer and is available only to the first 225 donors. ...

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B-29 Museum Seeking Oral Histories

Wanted! The B-29 Museum in Pratt, KS, is building an exhibit of Veteran Interviews. We are collecting video interviews specifically of or about crew members who served with the 40th, 497th, 29th and 346th Bomb Groups as well as 246th Base Unit of Pratt Army Air Field. If you would like to share a copy of an interview for the exhibit please contact the B-29 Museum at B29Museum@gmail.com

Watch a video about the museum here

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Shop CAF GiftShop this Holiday Season

The CAF GiftShop is the place to buy official merchandise of the Commemorative Air Force. Your purchases help to support the mission of the Commemorative Air Force including the programs, aircraft restoration and aviation events held each year. This store has a variety of gifts and gear for any warbird enthusiast, of any age. Check out some of the new items now in stock at our store or visit us online to see the entire...

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Interview of Henri Ecochard, Free French, Piper L-4 Pilot

**(December 5, 2018 - Paris, France) **- CAF French Wing is proud to present the latest issue of its documentary series, History and Duty of Remembrance.

In this episode, Stephane Duchemin receives Mr. Henri Ecochard, Free French and Piper L-4 pilot.

Henri Ecochard was 16 when the war was declared in 1939 and 17 when, a year later, he joined Free French Army in England. In 1941, he left for Equatorial Africa and joined Syria in June. He took part in the Libyan campaigns in 1942 and Tunisia in 1943. He was trained on Piper L-4 in 1944 in Algeria and then liberated Europe with the 1st...

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NWOC Announces Strategic Partnership with D-Day Squadron

Oxford, Conn. – December 3, 2018 – The National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) announced a strategic partnership with the D-Day Squadron, offering the group the opportunity to make a presentation on their mission during the NWOC annual convention.

Momentum is building for the D-Day Squadron as the vintage warbird community continues to rally around this unprecedented opportunity to return 19 flying restored C-47 and DC-3 (the civilian version of the C-47) aircraft across the North Atlantic in late May 2019 to take part in honoring the few remaining D-Day veterans who are still with...

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Commemorative Air Force Fundraiser Supports WWII Aircraft Preservation and Flight

(DALLAS, November 27, 2018) – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the world’s largest flying museum, launches “12 Planes of Christmas,” an online giving campaign located at www.SupportCAF.org. Each year the CAF holds an annual fundraiser to help support and highlight projects for planes in need of restoration, maintenance or repairs. The campaign provides an opportunity to learn more about the CAF’s fleet of 170 authentic military airplanes and participate in supporting the efforts to preserve these iconic aircraft. All CAF aircraft...

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The Restorers – Season 1 Now Available Through Amazon Prime

**CLEVELAND, OHIO, November 26, 2018 - **The producers of the Emmy Award winning PBS hits Beyond The Powder and Red Tail Reborn now have a new historical aviation series available online to the U.S.; The Restorers – Season 1. The documentary series is now available through Amazon Prime streaming service.

The Restorers – Season 1 is the original aviation series that started it all. This exciting award-winning series examines warbird and vintage aircraft restorers and the planes they resurrect from the graves of history. Each one-hour episode is themed, containing several stories...

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CAF Dixie Wing Living Aviation History Series Presents the Mighty Eighth Air Force

PEACHTREE CITY, GA (Nov. 19, 2018) –Two docents from the National Museum of The Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah, Ga., will be at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 to tell the history of the “Mighty Eighth” and its role in disrupting the German war effort in World War II. The Eighth Air Force heavy bombers and fighters played a key role and contributed substantially to the Allied victory in 1945, and the docents will include a presentation of the B-17 technical highlights.

Dr. Charles Sitrin and John Fog will be guest presenters for the...

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The Military Guide Resource List

For some the holidays can be a stressful time of year. The Military Guide recently published a list of resources for those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. Here is a list of resources. To learn more about The Military Guide visit- http://themilitaryguide.org/.

  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Crisis Hotline - https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
  • Planning for Life after Discharge - https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/how-to-plan-for-life-after-discharge
  • Transition to Civilian Life -...
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Arizona CAF Museum Honors Veterans in November

MESA, AZ, November 6, 2018 – The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (AZCAF) announces a number of events, memorials, new exhibits, and commemorations to honor America’s veterans in November 2018. AZCAF is the only museum in the Phoenix area that focuses on combat aviation history and offers rides to the public in World War II aircraft. It is a top-rated tripadvisor? attraction and receives thousands of visitors each year who learn how aviation evolved as a partner to combat operations from World War I through present. More information and related images can be found at a dropbox...

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TOCKR AND CAF TEAM UP TO DESIGN D-DAY C-47 WATCHES USING SALVAGED MATERIAL FROM HISTORIC WWII AIRCRAFT

Dallas, TX /Austin, TX (November 1, 2018) – Tockr and The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) have teamed up to create a series of watches made with rescued material from a historic C-47 known as That’s All, Brother, that lead the D-Day invasion. These limited-edition watches preserve vital history under each dial and contribute to CAF’s mission to fully restore the airplane to its original 1944 configuration.

As part of its efforts to preserve American military aviation history in order to educate, inspire and honor those who served, the CAF acquired the historic C-47That’s All, Brother...

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COMPLIMENTARY INNOVATION SHOWCASE EXHIBIT SPACE AVAILABLE FOR EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2019

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (November 1, 2018) — EAA is offering a limited number of complimentary exhibit locations for cutting-edge companies that seek to bring new products to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The 67th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The approved exhibitors will be part of AirVenture’s Innovation Showcase, presented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). The showcase is focused on new technologies in...

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CAF Red Tail Squadron Publishes Complete Online Tuskegee Airmen Pilot Roster

Red Wing, Minn. – October 31, 2018 – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, announced today that they have published the first-ever complete, up-to-date and searchable Tuskegee Airmen Pilot Roster available to the public online. The database contains details of the 1,007 pilots to receive their wings through the Tuskegee Airmen program. Search the Pilot Roster on the CAF Red Tail Squadron website at redtail.org.

This landmark project was made possible by a collaboration of data from the Air Force Historical Research Agency and...

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JULIE CLARK ANNOUNCES THAT THE 2019 AIR SHOW SEASON WILL BE HER “FAREWELL TOUR”, MARKING THE COMPLETION OF HER AMAZING 41-YEAR CAREER AS A SOLO PERFORMER!

October 18, 2018, Chico, California- Throughout the years, airshow performer Julie Clark has entertained countless millions with her beautifully choreographed routine, touching her fans with her special blend of skill, artistry, music, humor and patriotism with every performance!

Julie has always and continues to directly interact with her fans after each performance. She answers questions, poses for pictures and signs autographs until the last one leaves. It is remarkable, that Julie is still flying the same, beautifully restored Beechcraft T-34 Mentor… an unparalleled...

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COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE TO HOST LEGENDS OF THE SKIES AWARDS LUNCHEON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 Local WWII Heroes and Female Aviator Beverly Bass to be Honored

**Dallas – October 18, 2018 – **In conjunction with CAF Wings Over Dallas, the largest WWII airshow in North Texas, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will bring together luminaries of both the aviation and military history world to celebrate the enormous contributions of Texas heroes at their second annual Legends of the Skies awards luncheon on Friday, October 26.

The Greatest Generation Award recognizes people that exemplify the spirit of the generation of Americans that fought for freedom, at home and abroad, during World War II. Honorees were selected for their representation of...

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Exclusive Access to D-Day C-47 Watch at www.tockr.com/dday

October 1, 2018, Dallas, TX - With the restoration of C-47 That’s All, Brother great care was taken to preserve every piece of the aircraft, including the aluminum skin that had to be replaced. Pitted with corrosion, the panels were carefully removed and put aside. Mechanics were instructed to save every piece of scrap they remove.

Around the time where the C-47 was being moved to its new home at the Central Texas Wing, fate steps in. A chance reading about a Texas-based watch brand reveals the company’s deeper link to aviation history. Tockr, as the brand is known, even carries a...

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Amazon.com now streaming warbird TV show Plane Resurrection

September 25, 2018, Dallas, TX - Plane Resurrection, the popular warbird television show featuring notable warbird restorations, is now available worldwide on Amazon.com. The series focuses on a specific aircraft each episode - telling its fascinating story from combat history, to restoration, and beyond. Viewers see the work and the passion that goes into operating these warbirds in depth. In season 2 Plane Resurrection, the amazing docu-follow series explores the "return to flight" stories of four classic bombers and an iconic P-51 Mustang. Five of the six episodes this season are...

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Support the CAF National Aviation Education Center in 2018

Help us capture the imagination of students through airplanes!

The National Aviation Education Center, located at Dallas Executive Airport in Dallas, Texas, will be the cornerstone of the CAF’s community outreach efforts within the North Texas community and across the country. We believe it’s important to invest in our students today to create the pilots, mechanics, and leaders of tomorrow.

The CAF was offered a matching challenge grant by the Ray Foundation to raise $2 million by the end of 2018. We need your help to meet this challenge. Each dollar you give between now and...

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CAF Members get 15% off at Tacticalgear.com

CAF Members receive a 15% off promo code to Tacticalgear.com

CAF Members receive 15% off when they use promo code COMAIR15

Tacticalgear.com is an online store serving law enforcement officers, military personnel, first responders and other members of the public safety community. (Code does not include clearance items and items that are already on sale.) Call tactical gear at (636) 680-8051 Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central for promo code or email...

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Valor Studios and D-Day Squadron Working Together to Put Historic Warbirds Over Normandy

Oxford, CT – September 24, 2018 – The D-Day Squadron announced the addition of further corporate support to its efforts to return a full squadron of World War II C-47s (known as the “Gooney Bird” or “Dakota”) to Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Valor Studios will be bolstering The D-Day Squadron’s efforts by offering four limited addition prints with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to the effort to fly 21 restored aircraft along the original route across the North Atlantic to participate in multiple events on June 2-5, 2019 at Duxford Airfield in the...

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Flying Musicians Seeks Student Musicians for Scholarship Programs

September 23, 2018, Fort Worth, TX: The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) has opened the floor for nominations to passionate student musicians for the 2019 FMA Solo program. FMA recognizes the correlation between hard work and skill required by both learning to fly and learning music. The path is unmistakable: practice, precision, working with others, multitasking, and ultimately performance. The 2019 FMA Solo Scholarship Program is open for nominations from music directors. This scholarship is unique, assisting an aspiring flight student from zero time to solo. FMA is excited about...

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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.

To...

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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.

**Battle of...

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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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