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Dallas Executive Airport
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Dallas, TX 75237
L-17 Navion More Info
L-5 Sentinel "Nuts to You" More "Nuts to You" InfoUNDERGOING REPAIR In 1940, Gen. George S. Patton purchased a small aircraft called a Stinson Voyager. He used the aircraft extensively in Ft. Benning Georgia to keep an eye on training of his armored brigade. Due to the Voyager’s ability to operate where most aircraft couldn’t, Gen. Patton was able to be everywhere at once. Something he never could have accomplished in a command car. Patton’s use of the Voyager paved the way for liaison aircraft also known as "L-Birds" and “Flying Jeeps”. The first liaison airplane specifically built for the army was the Stinson L-5 Sentinel. Beginning in 1942, the L-5 was utilized in every theater of war providing courier service between Army... ...
S-105 More Info
UC-61 Forwarder More Info
C-45 Expiditor More InfoDuring and after World War II, over 4,500 Beech 18s saw military service—as light transport, light bomber (for China), aircrew trainer (for bombing, navigation and gunnery), photo-reconnaissance, and "mother ship" for target drones—including United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) C-45 Expeditor, AT-7 Navigator, AT-11 Kansan; and United States Navy (USN) UC-45J Navigator, SNB-1 Kansan, and others. In World War II, over 90% of USAAF bombardiers and navigators trained in these aircraft. The West Texas Wing, a unit of the Commemorative Air Force, has an SNB (A U.S. Navy version of a C-45). Once restoration is completed, it will go on tour with the SB2C Helldiver as a support aircraft,... ...
PT-13 More Info
J-3 Cub J3 Cub Project More J3 Cub Project Info
1946 Piper J3C-75 In Restoration.
Today, the CAF owns and operates the largest collection of vintage military aircraft in the world: 165 fighters, bombers, transports and trainers. The extensive care of the CAF's fleet is done almost entirely by members who volunteer their time and resources to maintain, fly and exhibit these aircraft at events across America. What keeps the organization focused and its members engaged is our mission: "Education, such that generations of Americans value and support the contributions of military aviation in assuring our nation's freedom."
The CAF has always operated with the idea that, to teach history, one must go beyond traditional methods like history books and noiseless museums. One of the reasons the CAF has remained a flying museum is because the sights, sounds and smells of these historic aircraft make for a more impactful personal experience. Therefore, much of our educational effort involves attending airshows around the country. Nearly all CAF aircraft are available for guided tours, and more than 80 aircraft are able to give rides to the public, making hands-on access a large part of the educational experience.