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 the memory and hearts of all Americans the spirit in which these great planes flew in defense of our nation and to honor the brave men and women who fought on our behalf.
The centerpiece of our museum is a 1941 Boeing PT-17 Stearman open-cockpit bi-plane that is currently under restoration. During WWII, Stearman aircraft were basic trainers for all branches of the military. Approximately 1000 remain in the air today. A North American Aviation T-6 Texan is also on display. This single-engine aircraft was an advanced trainer during World War II.
In addition to historical aircraft, the museum includes a number of supporting displays depicting the story of WWII and other significant historic military events and a complete library.
Featured Museum Displays
Museum founding veterans. Hear the interesting stories of the museum’s founding WWII veterans and see their memorabilia on display.
· Malcolm McGregor – WWII B24 pilot and prisoner of war
· Harry Moyer – WWII P40 pilot
· Jackson Wells – WWII B-17 pilot
· Burnis Watts – WWII Glider pilot
Russ McDonald. Learn about the adventures and aviation career of Russ McDonald – Heber City Airport’s namesake. Did you know that Russ used to fly with a kitten?
1941 Stearman Restoration. Observe first-hand the delicate re-construction of this vintage bi-plane.
Women in Aviation. Learn about the important roles women played in WWII as nurses, aircraft builders and mechanics, test pilots, aircraft ferry pilots, radio operators, doctors, attorneys, engineers, mathematicians, and chaplains – to name a few.
2019 Museum Events
D-Day B-17 Bomber Event – June 3-10 – 9am – 4pm daily
This event commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day - the main Allied invasion of continental Europe, which allowed the Allies to defeat Germany. The B17 played a major role in this invasion.
Sentimental Journey, a historic B-17 bomber, will land at the Heber City Airport at noon June 3rd. It will be available for tours June 3-9 and rides June 7-9. She departs at 9:00am June 10.
BOOK YOUR RIDE – azcaf.org or 480.462.2992.
June 3-9 – BOOK YOUR RIDE – cafutahwing.org or 801.719.8876
· North American T-6 Texan rides
· Stearman bi-plane rides
June 6th – D-Day Commemoration – A Day of Remembrance
· Honor flights and rides
· WWII Veteran Memorial (12pm)
· Danny Newell Swing Band (11am-2pm)
· Food Truck
· WWII re-enactment and museum tours
· Kids activities
· Fire Truck
· D-Day video program
Pancake breakfast – 8am-10am -- $8 adults; $3 seniors; kids and WWII vets free.
Annual 1940s Swing Dance Party – 6:00-10:00pm. Danny Newell Tribute Band. Swing Dance lessons and demonstrations. Food truck. Period costumes encouraged. $15 adults, $25 couples, WWII veterans and kids free.
Preferred lodging rates for this event – Heber City Holiday Inn Express (435) 654-9990.
Planes and Horsepower Car Show – August 3, 2019 – 9:00am-3:00pm
Over 50 classic cars and vintage aircraft will be on display for photo ops. $5 general admission; kids and WWII vets free.
VEHICLE REGISTRATION IS LIMITED – cafutahwing.org or 801.928.6950
· $20 vehicle admission without photo ops
· $50 vehicle admission – vehicle photo ops with 2 warbirds
· $65 vehicle admission – photo ops with 3 warbirds
Pancake breakfast – 8am-10am – $8 adults; $3 seniors; kids and WWII vets free.
50s Swing Dance Party 6-10pm – $15 adults; $25 couples; kids and WWII vets free.
On-going Museum Opportunities – May –October 2019 – cafutahwing.org 435.709.7269
Warbird Ride Program. Call 801.719.8876 to schedule your ride.
Looking for a unique setting for a wedding or reception, photo shoot, group outing or dinner, corporate retreat, family reunion, or birthday party? Rent our museum.
Scout programs and projects.
Unique and interesting volunteer opportunities.
BOOK SALE: Aviation books, coffee table books, vintage magazines, posters – priced to sell!
Museum sponsors: Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Heber City Corporation, Holiday Inn Express, Redmond Real Salt, Lees Market, Ridley’s Market, Smiths, Brian Lee Farmers Insurance, Signarama, Zions Bank, Ackerson Eye Care, Walmart, Grand Valley Bank, Heber City Corporation, Diversify, UAMPS, Tracer Barricades, Wasatch Wave, Walgreens, Point S Tire, Midway Mercantile, The Corner, Utah Wardbird Adventures, Grandview Dental, HydroLOGICA, Ventum Racing, Mark Miller Toyota