Commemorative Air Force shifting its focus

For almost 50 years, the Commemorative (formerly Confederate) Air Force’s mission has been to preserve and fly World War II aircraft as a tribute to the men and women who flew, maintained or built them.


Last October the membership voted to expand the organization to include combat aircraft flown by the U.S. military during any conflict, as well as selected aircraft of other nations. Members interested in the conflicts since World War II have been involved in the CAF for many years, but expanding the group’s bylaws “makes it official,” said Bob Rice, president.

The CAF has some 9,000 members in 28 states and 24 foreign countries. The CAF is headquartered in Midland, Tex.

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