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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 are restored, maintained, flown and exhibited by a dedicated volunteer force, which operate out of 60 different CAF locations across the country. The organization depends on donations to keep em’ flying. Flying aircraft are essential to the mission of the CAF; to Educate, Inspire and Honor through flight. The organization strives to engage people in the history of these aircraft, and experience the sights, sounds and smells of these historic aircraft, which played a central role in America’s victory in World War II.

In addition to donating to individual aircraft, donations can be directed to the Restoration Grant Fund. This important program is a dollar-for-dollar match program created to help aircraft projects with the most need get back into the air faster. The Restoration Grant Fund has helped more than twenty aircraft return to flight.

12 Planes of Christmas on CrowdRise

The 12 planes featured this year are from various parts of the country and are in different stages of restoration. Each aircraft has a unique historical significance and fascinating story to tell.

The aircraft featured this year are: • SNJ-4, a training aircraft based in Buffalo, NY • L-5 Sentinel, a liaison aircraft based in Sioux Falls, SD • P-47 Thunderbolts, a fighter aircraft based in Camarillo, CA • C-60 Lodestar, a cargo aircraft based in Houston • FM2 Wildcat, a fighter aircraft based in Upland, CA • PT-19 Cornell, a trainer aircraft based in Olathe, KS • A-26 Invader, an attack bomber based in Fort Worth, TX • P-51 Mustang, a fighter aircraft based in Peachtree City, GA • T-50 Bobcat, a trainer aircraft based in Fresnos, TX • SB2C Helldiver, a torpedo bomber aircraft based in Houston • T-34 Mentor, a trainer aircraft based in Waukesha, WI • PT-22 Recruit, a trainer aircraft based in Riverside, CA

The campaign and website supportcaf.org launch on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, and will run throughout December 2018.

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