Commemorative Air Force expands mission

The mission of the Commemorative (formerly Confederate) Air Force is changing.

For nearly 50 years, CAF’s mission has been to preserve and fly World War II aircraft as a tribute to those who flew, maintained or built them. However, in October members voted to expand the focus to include combat aircraft flown by the U.S. military during any conflict, along with certain aircraft of other nations.

“In its first 48 years, the CAF focused on the World War II era,” said CAF President Bob Rice. “The fact that CAF members have now embraced the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf conflicts as well is terrific. It will be a privilege to have the men, women and aircraft from these conflicts become a part of the CAF’s legacy of freedom.”

The CAF, which already has a number of airplanes in its fleet from the Korean and Vietnam eras, has more than 9,000 members in 28 states and 24 countries.

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