(Houston- Nov. 16, 2017) The 23rd National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) will be held February 15 – February 18, at the Hilton Houston NASA Clearlake in Houston, Texas. NWOC is a unique educational conference offering programs to enhance pilot skill and knowledge, expand aircraft maintenance technician and restorer knowledge, develop awareness of medical and insurance facts, and address aircraft-specific topics to ensure continued flight for these unique historic aircraft.
The NWOC is not a required conference for Commemorative Air Force members, but it is focused on Warbird issues that are relevant to the CAF, and once again, CAF proud to be a supporting sponsor and we encourage our members with the availability to attend and take advantage of a few days in Houston to talk about their operations and issues with fellow CAF members and others operating similar equipment in the breakout sessions for Bomber/Transport, T-6s, T-28s, Fighters and LHFE.
NWOC is a terrific opportunity to mix and talk with fellow Warbird operators and hear presentations on relevant subjects, including the most recent FAA updates, the latest of ADS-B, legal issues and much more. 2018 speakers represent a diverse variety of subjects geared toward Warbird owners, from Lee Lauderback of Stallion 51 to Cory Graff, military curator of FHCAM to Dr. Susan Northrup, FAA Senior Flight Surgeon and many more.
For 2018, NWOC admission will be $400 through January 15th, $450 from January 16th through February 14th and $500 the day of the event. The hotel rate is $105 standard with upgrades available.
The SBD Dauntless and the Battle of Midway Come to Living Aviation History
Decisive Battle reviewed by WWII Historian Rick Ector
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (Nov. 13, 2017) – The SBD Dauntless and its crucial role in the Battle of Midway will be featured Nov. 18 at this month’s Living Aviation History Days program, a series presented by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum. The program will begin at 11 a.m. 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.
Retired CIA officer and U.S. Navy submariner Rick Ector will review the development of the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and examine the details of the decisive Battle of Midway. Ector, a WII historian and curator of the Dixie Wing Warbird Museum, brings a mix of video, unique interactive digital features and a panel of SBD pilots to tell the story of the SBD’s development, the Battle of Midway and the flying characteristics of this famous warbird.
“Dramatic events were commonplace in World War II, but few were more dramatic than the Battle of Midway,” Ector said. “Midway initially promised to be a strategic intelligence success, yet it nearly ended in a tactical disaster save for a fortuitous sighting at a critical moment. The battle’s climactic phase lasted just eight minutes, when three U.S. Navy SBD squadrons struck a blow from which the Imperial Japanese Navy never recovered.”
For more information about Living Aviation History Days or the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum, please go to www.dixiewing.org.
About the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. The Wing, one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force, maintains and flies seven WWII aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an FG-1D Corsair and rare types such as the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and P-63A Kingcobra. The Dixie Wing organizes two large events a year -- WWII Heritage Days and the Atlanta Warbird Weekend. The unit, composed of 300 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on contributions of time and funds to carry out the mission of the CAF. For more information, go to www.dixiewing.org.
The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, Texas, the organization has more than 13,000 members and has a fleet of more than 174 WWII aircraft. www.commemorativeairforce.org
Public Information Officer CAF Dixie Wing
This year's 12 Planes of Christmas fundraiser is right around the corner! This means it's time to set up your aircraft pages. If you're new to the campaign, or need a refresher, we will be hosting three 12 Planes of Christmas webinars to help units prepare for our annual fundraiser. Please click here to make sure you register with us!
Remember, online fund raising is not the be-all, end-all in fund raising. However, it can be a great way to bring attention to your unit’s projects and add some extra dollars to your aircraft account. So, keep raising money in the same successful ways that you always have and let this program take you to the next level.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
This year we highlight 12 wonderful aircraft projects.
CAF Maxine Flournoy 3rd Coast Squadron Presents Dinner with a WWII Survivor of Iwo Jima
Aransas Pass, Texas - November 15, 2017- CAF Col Pearson Knolle, Unit Leader of The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced that the organization will hold its 10th Patriotic Speaker Series Dinner on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on board the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Tables of 10 are $1,000; individual tickets are $75 and $50 for active military. The deadline for reservations is January 31, 2018.
This year’s guest speaker, Mr. Don Graves, is a WWII survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Graves entered the Marine Corp upon hearing that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. He was 19 years old when he, carrying a 70 lb. flame thrower strapped to his back, was in the third wave of Marines to land on Iwo Jima. He tells of the conditions of the landing and the fierce battle to overtake the island. The fighting lasted 36 days resulting in 26,000 men wounded and 6,800 Marines dead.
The Third Coast Squadron’s mission is to establish and maintain a presence in the community so as to preserve and exhibit the Coastal Bend’s involvement in the history of those men and women who served in the past and still serve in today's military. The Squadron believes in and adheres to the CAF mission of teaching and preserving history through restoring the aircraft and memories of the people who paid the ultimate price for our freedom from World War II to the present.
For complete details, ticket information and available sponsorships, visit our website:
For more information or interview requests, contact: Col Pearson Knolle, Unit Leader 361-813-6551
RED WING, MINNESOTA (October 16, 2017): This just in! We are excited to announce the launch of our new Virtual Museum, creating yet another exciting way for people to learn about and appreciate the Tuskegee Airmen. Nowhere else can people of all ages, from all around the world, come to one site and learn so much about the history and experience of the Tuskegee Airmen.
“Step inside” this virtual hall of artifacts, memorials and artwork to feel history come alive. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is virtually curating a collection of items of significance to the Tuskegee Airmen, from a flight jacket worn by pilot Woodrow Crocket, to the Congressional Gold Medal awarded collectively to the Tuskegee Airmen, to a mural of Clarence Dart adorning the streets of Elmira, NY.
We’ve started this treasure trove of items to peruse, and now we pass the torch to YOU. Does someone in your family have any artifacts significant to the Tuskegee Airmen experience? Do you have a memorial to the Tuskegee Airmen in your community? Share that knowledge and inspire those who want to know more by including a photo of your Tuskegee Airmen artifact or memorial in our Virtual Museum, and play an important role in our mission, without your item ever leaving home! Tell us about it and include your piece of history in the Virtual Museum!
What began as a dream to broadcast the inspirational message of the Tuskegee Airmen across the entire country has become a reality since the founding of the CAF Red Tail Squadron. As the years have gone by we have made some amazing strides – the full restoration of our P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen, the success of our RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater, and a treasure trove of free educational resources that are accessed and used by teachers and youth leaders at an ever-increasing rate.
The launch of the new CAF Red Tail Squadron Virtual Museum is the next big adventure, and only propels our inspirational message to a wider audience. Check it out, participate and share the news!
This is a community collaborative effort and we are excited to facilitate the special kind of excitement that comes from each one of us sharing our knowledge about the remarkable Tuskegee Airmen. THANK YOU for being a part of this important journey!