Commemorative Air Force

Commemorative Air Force The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through Flight, Exhibition, and Remembrance. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and honor.
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Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 12,000 members and a fleet of 162 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 63 units located in 25 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org or call (432) 563-1000.

Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 12,000 members and a fleet of 162 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 63 units located in 25 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org or call (432) 563-1000.

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Check out the view from the ball turret of a B-17 with this great video by the crew of CAF Gulf Coast Wing's B-17 Texas ...
06/12/2021
View from a B-17 Ball Turret

Check out the view from the ball turret of a B-17 with this great video by the crew of CAF Gulf Coast Wing's B-17 Texas Raiders! Have you ever seen TR up close and personal?

Anyone interested in a little in-flight tour of our B-17G "Texas Raiders" including the view from the ball turret???The Commemorative Air Force operates two ...

It was #OTD in 1955 that the Cessna 172 Skyhawk made its first flight!  It went on to be such a success that it is the w...
06/12/2021

It was #OTD in 1955 that the Cessna 172 Skyhawk made its first flight! It went on to be such a success that it is the world's most-produced airplane with over 44,000 made, and is still in production today. Of aircraft still in production today, only the Lockheed C-130 Hercules has been in production longer! Believe it or not, there is a military version of the 172, do you know its military designation?

It was #OTD in 1955 that the Cessna 172 Skyhawk made its first flight! It went on to be such a success that it is the world's most-produced airplane with over 44,000 made, and is still in production today. Of aircraft still in production today, only the Lockheed C-130 Hercules has been in production longer! Believe it or not, there is a military version of the 172, do you know its military designation?

Becoming an Eagle Scout is no small achievement, so join us in congratulating CAF Rocky Mountain Wing Cadet Connor Stout...
06/12/2021

Becoming an Eagle Scout is no small achievement, so join us in congratulating CAF Rocky Mountain Wing Cadet Connor Stout in achieving it! 🦅

If you have a student at home with an interest in aviation or history, ask your nearest CAF unit if they have a cadet program!

https://bit.ly/3pERIiG

Carson Stout is a Cadet Extraordinaire in the Rocky Mountain Wing. He has become a valuable and cherished member of the Wing Wrench Wranglers and is truly an additional “right hand” for Col Maddock’s Maintenance team. Join us in congratulating Carson on achieving the honor of becoming an Eagle Scout!

If you missed this week's Warbird Tube on Commemorative Air Force That's All, Brother, don't despair!  You can watch the...
06/11/2021
CAF Warbird Tube - That's All Brother (Part 2)

If you missed this week's Warbird Tube on Commemorative Air Force That's All, Brother, don't despair! You can watch the replay anytime on our YouTube channel at this link: https://youtu.be/aVvXYVaCZ4A

C-47 That’s All, Brother is a restored D-Day aircraft operated by members of the CAF Central Texas Wing. Learn more about what it takes to fly this historic ...

Who wants to tell us the story? 🤣#FridayFunnies
06/11/2021

Who wants to tell us the story? 🤣

#FridayFunnies

Who wants to tell us the story? 🤣

#FridayFunnies

06/11/2021

Get an update on the extensive restoration project of a B-17 project going on in Illinois.

Discussions about Midway generally center around the Navy's efforts and rightly so, but did you know the Navy was not th...
06/10/2021

Discussions about Midway generally center around the Navy's efforts and rightly so, but did you know the Navy was not the only branch to engage the Japanese at Midway? A handful of US Army Air Force B-26 Marauders that were specially modified to carry torpedoes were part of the first wave of aircraft to engage the enemy fleet at Midway.

Pictured here are First Lieutenant James Muri and his crew posing with their B-26 Marauder, Susie Q, on Midway in June of 1942. On the morning of June 4, 1942, when a Japanese aircraft carrier force was spotted approaching the island, Susie Q was part of that first wave of Marauders and TBF Avengers which launched from the island. Muri's unit had received no specific training or any pre-flight briefing for the battle, all they had was the location of the IJN Akagi.

The B-26s were intercepted by Japanese Zeros on their way to the target, and the flight descended to 200 feet to evade the fighters and the carrier's guns. Muri, after dropping his torpedo and searching for a safer escape route, flew directly down the length of the Akagi forcing the enemy to hold their fire for fear of hitting their own flagship. Their torpedo failed to hit any Japanese ships, but they did shoot down one Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter and strafed the carrier.

Following the attack, Muri and one other B-26 pilot were able to land their planes safely on Midway. An inspection revealed more than 500 bullet holes in Susie Q! The left tire had been shot off, and all propeller blades and every major system had been damaged. Muri was allowed to cut the plane's name from the fuselage to keep as a souvenir. For their efforts, Muri and his crew were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Did you know about the torpedo-carrying B-26s?

Discussions about Midway generally center around the Navy's efforts and rightly so, but did you know the Navy was not the only branch to engage the Japanese at Midway? A handful of US Army Air Force B-26 Marauders that were specially modified to carry torpedoes were part of the first wave of aircraft to engage the enemy fleet at Midway.

Pictured here are First Lieutenant James Muri and his crew posing with their B-26 Marauder, Susie Q, on Midway in June of 1942. On the morning of June 4, 1942, when a Japanese aircraft carrier force was spotted approaching the island, Susie Q was part of that first wave of Marauders and TBF Avengers which launched from the island. Muri's unit had received no specific training or any pre-flight briefing for the battle, all they had was the location of the IJN Akagi.

The B-26s were intercepted by Japanese Zeros on their way to the target, and the flight descended to 200 feet to evade the fighters and the carrier's guns. Muri, after dropping his torpedo and searching for a safer escape route, flew directly down the length of the Akagi forcing the enemy to hold their fire for fear of hitting their own flagship. Their torpedo failed to hit any Japanese ships, but they did shoot down one Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter and strafed the carrier.

Following the attack, Muri and one other B-26 pilot were able to land their planes safely on Midway. An inspection revealed more than 500 bullet holes in Susie Q! The left tire had been shot off, and all propeller blades and every major system had been damaged. Muri was allowed to cut the plane's name from the fuselage to keep as a souvenir. For their efforts, Muri and his crew were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Did you know about the torpedo-carrying B-26s?

It's time for your weekly update on CAF events coming up in the next couple weeks!  Where will we see YOU?Jun 10-13 • Ai...
06/10/2021

It's time for your weekly update on CAF events coming up in the next couple weeks! Where will we see YOU?

Jun 10-13 • AirPower History Tour Coming to Trenton, NJ
Jun 12 • Fly the Fortress & Friends in Conroe, TX
Jun 12 • B**g Airport Open House in Superior, WI
Jun 12 • Spring Swing Big Band Hangar Dance in S.St. Paul, MN
Jun 17-20 • Flying Legends of Victory Tour: Albuquerque, NM
Jun 19 • Fly the Fortress & Friends at Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, TX
Jun 19 Hangar Hang Out in Houston, TX

It's time for your weekly update on CAF events coming up in the next couple weeks! Where will we see YOU?

Jun 10-13 • AirPower History Tour Coming to Trenton, NJ
Jun 12 • Fly the Fortress & Friends in Conroe, TX
Jun 12 • B**g Airport Open House in Superior, WI
Jun 12 • Spring Swing Big Band Hangar Dance in S.St. Paul, MN
Jun 17-20 • Flying Legends of Victory Tour: Albuquerque, NM
Jun 19 • Fly the Fortress & Friends at Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, TX
Jun 19 Hangar Hang Out in Houston, TX

06/09/2021
CAF Warbird Tube - That's All Brother (Part 2)

C-47 That’s All, Brother is a restored D-Day aircraft operated by members of the CAF Central Texas Wing.
Learn more about what it takes to fly this historic airplane and see some of the interesting points about this
particular restoration which make it so special and so authentic.

After completing 25 combat missions over Western Europe from its base at Air Force Station 121 (RAF Bassingbourn, Cambri...
06/09/2021

After completing 25 combat missions over Western Europe from its base at Air Force Station 121 (RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England), Memphis Belle, was flown home by Captain Robert K. Morgan and Captain James A. Verinis #OTD in 1943. Pictured here is the crew after their 25th mission: (left to right) Technical Sergeant Harold Loch, Top Turret Gunner/Engineer; Staff Sergeant Cecil Scott, Ball Turret Gunner; Technical Sergeant Robert Hanson, Radio Operator; Captain James Verinis, Co-pilot; Captain Robert Morgan, Aircraft Commander/Pilot; Captain Charles Leighton, Navigator; Staff Sergeant John Quinlan, Tail Gunner; Staff Sergeant Casimer Nastal, Waist Gunner; Captain Vincent Evans, Bombardier; Staff Sergeant Clarence Winchell Waist Gunner.

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After completing 25 combat missions over Western Europe from its base at Air Force Station 121 (RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England), Memphis Belle, was flown home by Captain Robert K. Morgan and Captain James A. Verinis #OTD in 1943. Pictured here is the crew after their 25th mission: (left to right) Technical Sergeant Harold Loch, Top Turret Gunner/Engineer; Staff Sergeant Cecil Scott, Ball Turret Gunner; Technical Sergeant Robert Hanson, Radio Operator; Captain James Verinis, Co-pilot; Captain Robert Morgan, Aircraft Commander/Pilot; Captain Charles Leighton, Navigator; Staff Sergeant John Quinlan, Tail Gunner; Staff Sergeant Casimer Nastal, Waist Gunner; Captain Vincent Evans, Bombardier; Staff Sergeant Clarence Winchell Waist Gunner.

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Here's a #WingtipWednesday view we haven't seen in awhile. You can name the aircraft, can't you?📸 Taylor Stevenson
06/09/2021

Here's a #WingtipWednesday view we haven't seen in awhile. You can name the aircraft, can't you?

📸 Taylor Stevenson

Here's a #WingtipWednesday view we haven't seen in awhile. You can name the aircraft, can't you?

📸 Taylor Stevenson

Let's make today #TBMTuesday!  Let's see your best pictures of any of our CAF TBM Avengers.  Remember we have three flyi...
06/08/2021

Let's make today #TBMTuesday! Let's see your best pictures of any of our CAF TBM Avengers. Remember we have three flying Avengers:

Commemorative Air Force Capital Wing
CAF Rocky Mountain Wing
and this one from Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing

We also have a static display at the CAF Airbase Arizona museum!

📸 Charlie Oscar Photography

Let's make today #TBMTuesday! Let's see your best pictures of any of our CAF TBM Avengers. Remember we have three flying Avengers:

Commemorative Air Force Capital Wing
CAF Rocky Mountain Wing
and this one from Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing

We also have a static display at the CAF Airbase Arizona museum!

📸 Charlie Oscar Photography

It was #OTD in 1946 that a celebration of the Allied victory in World War II was held in London. It included a flypast o...
06/08/2021

It was #OTD in 1946 that a celebration of the Allied victory in World War II was held in London. It included a flypast of 300 British aircraft over the city that stretched for over 60 miles and was led by a Hawker Hurricane that had fought in the Battle of Britain in 1940! The portion of the flyover pictured here includes some of the war's most famous bombers, do you recognize them?

It was #OTD in 1946 that a celebration of the Allied victory in World War II was held in London. It included a flypast of 300 British aircraft over the city that stretched for over 60 miles and was led by a Hawker Hurricane that had fought in the Battle of Britain in 1940! The portion of the flyover pictured here includes some of the war's most famous bombers, do you recognize them?

Skydiving takes a certain type of nerve... doing it from 20,000 feet takes a bit more... doing it in 1920 takes enough n...
06/07/2021

Skydiving takes a certain type of nerve... doing it from 20,000 feet takes a bit more... doing it in 1920 takes enough nerve for you to earn the nickname "Dynamite"!

It was #OTD in 1920 that 2nd Lieutenant John H. “Dynamite” Wilson jumped from a De Havilland DH-4B, piloted by 2nd Lieutenant Delmar H. Denton over Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, wearing two parachutes. It took the two men an hour to circle to 20,000 feet where Wilson stood on his seat and jumped. He pulled the rip cord on his primary parachute almost immediately, and after what he thought was a "very long time," the parachute opened. Being so high under canopy, Wilson drifted through an area of severe turbulence, at one point being thrown through a complete vertical loop.

Wilson steered his parachute toward an open area, and at 300 feet opened his second parachute to reduce his rate of descent further before landing. He is reported to have “landed gracefully in a turnip patch.”

The duration of Wilson’s descent was about 17 minutes, and he was blown approximately 18 miles (29 kilometers) away from Kelly Field. Denton followed Wilson down in the DH-4B, then landed to pick him up. The pair took off and returned to Kelly Field.

Skydiving takes a certain type of nerve... doing it from 20,000 feet takes a bit more... doing it in 1920 takes enough nerve for you to earn the nickname "Dynamite"!

It was #OTD in 1920 that 2nd Lieutenant John H. “Dynamite” Wilson jumped from a De Havilland DH-4B, piloted by 2nd Lieutenant Delmar H. Denton over Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, wearing two parachutes. It took the two men an hour to circle to 20,000 feet where Wilson stood on his seat and jumped. He pulled the rip cord on his primary parachute almost immediately, and after what he thought was a "very long time," the parachute opened. Being so high under canopy, Wilson drifted through an area of severe turbulence, at one point being thrown through a complete vertical loop.

Wilson steered his parachute toward an open area, and at 300 feet opened his second parachute to reduce his rate of descent further before landing. He is reported to have “landed gracefully in a turnip patch.”

The duration of Wilson’s descent was about 17 minutes, and he was blown approximately 18 miles (29 kilometers) away from Kelly Field. Denton followed Wilson down in the DH-4B, then landed to pick him up. The pair took off and returned to Kelly Field.

Our Henry B. Tippie National Education Center in Dallas is launching its first summer camp!  Check out the story at: htt...
06/07/2021

Our Henry B. Tippie National Education Center in Dallas is launching its first summer camp! Check out the story at: https://bit.ly/2SBiBaE

Our Henry B. Tippie National Education Center in Dallas is launching its first summer camp! Check out the story at: https://bit.ly/2SBiBaE

Man, has it been two years already?!  Were you following the #DDay75 ceremonies with us in 2019? Don't forget, we'll hav...
06/07/2021

Man, has it been two years already?! Were you following the #DDay75 ceremonies with us in 2019?

Don't forget, we'll have a special WWarbird Tube this week about Commemorative Air Force That's All, Brother on Wednesday at 7pm CDT right here on the page!

https://bit.ly/3pnA16Z

This was from the #DDay75 ceremonies when we were there with Commemorative Air Force That's All, Brother in 2019... now imagine it 77 years ago...

06/06/2021

Today is the 77th anniversary of D-Day. #OTD in 1944, the Allied invasion of Normandy was fully underway. Two years ago for #DDay75, Commemorative Air Force That's All, Brother led a flight of "Daks" including fellow D-Day veteran Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing's D-Day Doll over Normandy, and this was the view from TAB. Looking at this, can you imagine the scope of it all?

https://bit.ly/3uFI3Jq

Here's a beautiful shot of Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing's B-25 Show Me by Charlie Oscar Photography.  Do you th...
06/05/2021

Here's a beautiful shot of Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing's B-25 Show Me by Charlie Oscar Photography. Do you think warbirds look better in black and white or color?

Here's a beautiful shot of Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing's B-25 Show Me by Charlie Oscar Photography. Do you think warbirds look better in black and white or color?

#OTD in 1944, the Allies prepared for D-Day.  In one of the most famous photos of the war, General Dwight D. Eisenhower ...
06/05/2021

#OTD in 1944, the Allies prepared for D-Day. In one of the most famous photos of the war, General Dwight D. Eisenhower talks here with Lieutenant Wallace C. Strobel and paratroopers of Co. E, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, United States Army at Greenham Common, 2030 hours, 5 June 1944.

Beginning in the late evening, 821 Douglas C-47 Skytrain twin-engine transports, and 516 Waco CG-4A and Airspeed AS.51 Horsa gliders of the IXth Troop Carrier Command, airlifted 13,348 paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, United States Army, and another 7,900 men of the British Army 6th Airborne Division and the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

Following the Pathfinders sent to identify and secure the drop and landing zones, the first C-47 carrying the 101st Airborne across the channel was our very own Commemorative Air Force That's All, Brother! The Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing's D-Day Doll is also a D-Day Veteran. Have you gotten a chance to see either one up close?

📸 B&W Photos US Army; color photos Dave Barrera

It was #OTD in 1942 that the main battle of Midway took place.  Midway is seen as the turning point of the war in the Pa...
06/04/2021

It was #OTD in 1942 that the main battle of Midway took place. Midway is seen as the turning point of the war in the Pacific by many since it was here that the Japanese lost not only four carriers, but hundreds of aircraft and combat veteran pilots. While the US Navy did lose USS Yorktown (CV-5) in the battle, the losses by the Japanese were ones from which they would never truly recover. Can you name the carriers that faced off at Midway?

It was #OTD in 1942 that the main battle of Midway took place. Midway is seen as the turning point of the war in the Pacific by many since it was here that the Japanese lost not only four carriers, but hundreds of aircraft and combat veteran pilots. While the US Navy did lose USS Yorktown (CV-5) in the battle, the losses by the Japanese were ones from which they would never truly recover. Can you name the carriers that faced off at Midway?

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The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) was founded in 1957, a time when the U.S. military was scrapping the fleet of aircraft that had played a decisive part in winning World War II. With the rallying cry “Keep ‘Em Flying”, the initial goal of the CAF was to preserve, in flying condition, at least one example of each aircraft flown by the American Forces from 1939-45. Over the decades that followed, the CAF became the world’s largest owner and operator of vintage military aircraft. Today, the organization owns 162 historic planes valued at over $50 million, of which 144 are in airworthy condition. The airplanes are dispersed among 80 CAF units, located in 26 states. The CAF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with annual revenues in excess of $24 million. Aided by a huge volunteer effort from more than 12,000 members, the CAF’s aircraft and educational programs reach millions of Americans each year. The CAF’s mission is “Education, such that generations of Americans will value and support the contributions of military aviation in assuring our nation’s freedom.”

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Check out the B-17 Texas Raiders!
The "Red Nose" P-51 landing on Runway 31 at the 2021 MAAM WWII Weekend. For the photo buffs: Canon 1DX at ISO 100, 1/30th, Daylight WB, f/18 with a Sigma EX 500mm f/4.5 lens
There is a CAF IN SAN MARCOS tx. Live close take grandkidsoften. There wasawheels up air show couple weeks ago at airfield. Great time
Never underestimate the past. They are the reason our future was made possible.
My Dad, 13th Air Force
Pfc. Edward J. Lenio, son of Josephine A. and Stanley J. Lenio of Warren, Ohio, lost his life on May 31, 1942 as a 25 year old prisoner of war. He was interned at the Japanese POW camp, Camp O’Donnell, Philippines following the Bataan Death March, a 63-mile forced march and torture of 72,000 American and Filipino prisoners during World War II. The history of Edward J. Lenio's life and military service was researched and documented by the Bataan Project in 2019. https://bataanproject.com/provisional.../lenio-pfc-edward-j/ This picture shows my uncle's name engraved in one of the limestone tablets at the Wall of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines. The tablets honor the 36,285 servicemen missing in action during military operations in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. The Manila American Cemetery also contains the largest number of military graves (17,202) from World War II. Edward J. Lenio, son, brother, and uncle, is eternally present in my family's hearts. “…It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” -- Abraham Lincoln, from his Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863 "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers." -- John F. Kennedy, from his last major speech, Amherst College, October 26, 1963
Pfc. Edward J. Lenio, son of Josephine A. and Stanley J. Lenio of Warren, Ohio, lost his life on May 31, 1942 as a 25 year old prisoner of war. He was interned at the Japanese POW camp, Camp O’Donnell, Philippines following the Bataan Death March, a 63-mile forced march and torture of 72,000 American and Filipino prisoners during World War II. The history of Edward J. Lenio's life and military service was researched and documented by the Bataan Project in 2019. https://bataanproject.com/provisional.../lenio-pfc-edward-j/ This picture shows my uncle's name engraved in one of the limestone tablets at the Wall of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines. The tablets honor the 36,285 servicemen missing in action during military operations in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. The Manila American Cemetery also contains the largest number of military graves (17,202) from World War II. Edward J. Lenio, son, brother, and uncle, is eternally present in my family's hearts. “…It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” -- Abraham Lincoln, from his Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863 "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers." -- John F. Kennedy, from his last major speech, Amherst College, October 26, 1963
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Received on this day, Proud to serve you from Belgium.
❤️. Love your warbirds. I remember my first time in a warbird was a Catalina and a he111 bomber stopped in bull head city Arizona the crew invited me to look around Good times ❤️❤️.
Yesterday was a day I will never forget. My 94 year old WW2 Army Air Corps dad got to get into a bomber once again. He flew on B-29s in 1944-45 in the Pacific on Tinian Island and served as a crew chief and technician/mechanic. The crew of the B-25 “Show Me” was so kind and helpful to him. Taking this ride with him is something I will cherish until my last day. Thank you very much.