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This Week In Photos - May 3, 2024

Here are some of the most stunning moments and top Commemorative Air Force stories captured throughout the week of April 21-May 3, 2024. Did you get some good photos of the CAF? Your contributions are invaluable to us. We would love to see them. You can always email your shots to media@cafhq.org or tag @CommemorativeAF on Facebook, #CAF1957. If you haven't already, please follow the Commemorative Air Force on social media to get your daily dose of warbird photos, captivating videos, OTDH On This Day in History posts, and the latest aviation event info. < hr>

Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center

Now, that’s some airpower for you. As aircraft gather at CAF National Airbase for the NAEC’s Warbird Weekend, the storm clouds also decided to show up. It's good that the Victor N. Agather STEM Innovation Hangar was up to the task to hold…. Wait for it… a B-29 Superfortress, a B-24 Liberator, a B-17 Flying Fortress, a T-33 Shooting Star, an AT-6 Texan, a P-51 Mustang, and PT-19. If you can’t make Warbird Weekend, you can certainly catch some photos and videos of it on the NAEC’s Instagram page, follow at https://www.instagram.com/fly.naec/.

French Wing

The countdown to the CAF’s big trip to Europe is on. C-47 That’s All, Brother and R4D Ready for Duty will depart in a few short weeks. Do you know who is really excited? Members of the CAF French Wing. For those who didn’t know, CAF has had a French Wing located outside of Paris since 1996. The French Wing operates an F-Ghlq – they call “The Little Blue Cloud.” Members of the French Wing have organized an event on June 11 at Musee Volant Salis. To learn more about the French Wing and their Little Blue Cloud, go to https://www.caffrenchwing.fr. Photo by Bertrand LeDuc

Missouri Wing

CAF Missouri Wing has been holding out on the pix because this week, they posted a STUNNING shot from the back of a B-25 Mitchell that was taken in 2015 during the Arsenal of Democracy Victory Capital Flyover. You can make out B-25 (PBJ) Devil Dog, B-25 Miss Mitchell, and B-25 Show Me. What a shot!! You can see all the magnificent Missouri Wing aircraft and more during Memorial Day Weekend at Wings Over St. Louis at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. Interested in making sure you don’t miss another one of these stellar photos, be sure to follow the Missouri Wing on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cafmissouri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/Cafmissouri/.

CAF Colonels

CAF members have a wide array of talents, and just to prove it, this week, CAF Colonel Brad Haskin debuted his latest work: a hand-painted leather jacket featuring the CAF logo. He described it as, “What the cultured Colonel will be wearing on the airshow circuit this year.” This particular jacket was commissioned by the CAF’s official historian, Brad Pilgrim. Both Brads are long-time CAF members who have shared their stories with the CAF on the weekly series CAF Warbird Tube. You can search for Brand and Brad on the CAF’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/CAFMediaTV. While you are there be sure to go ahead and subscribe so you can be notified when new videos are posted.

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