CAF taps Smith for strategic development

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has added Adam Smith to its staff as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Development. In this role, Smith will oversee the execution of CAF’s “Airbase Strategy” to include leading the design, funding and construction of the CAF National Airbase, and ultimately the oversight of the existing and future Airbases.

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Finalists for new CAF headquarters named

OSHKOSH — Today at AirVenture, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) named the eight final locations under consideration for the home of the new CAF headquarters, which will be known as the National Airbase.

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World War II Heritage Days slated

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Experience the sights and sounds of the Greatest Generation when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts the 10th annual “WWII Heritage Days” April 27-28. [Read more...]

FIFI returns to the sky

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) famous Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI — the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world — returned to the sky Saturday, Jan. 13, and flew to her home base in Addison, Texas.

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Last flying B-29 grounded, faces costly repair

During the last airshow flight of the season, the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, experienced an engine problem. The crew returned the airplane safely to the ground, but it was soon determined that FIFI’s number two engine would need major repairs. In response, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has launched a major fund raising campaign to raise money for one of the world’s most famous World War II bombers.

At nearly $10,000 and 100 volunteer hours per hour of flight, keeping FIFI in the air is no easy task, according to CAF officials, who estimate the cost for repairs to the number two engine and the purchase of a spare will top $250,000. The Keep FIFI Flying campaign’s goal is to raise those funds, ensuring continuous future operation and flight. [Read more...]

‘Sentinmental Journey’ at Lewis-Clark Air Festival

The World War II B-17G bomber, “Sentimental Journey,” will be on display and available for rides and tours from Aug. 9-13, at the Lewis-Clark Air Festival in Lewiston, Idaho.

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Emmy nominations for aviation film

The aviation documentary “The Restorers – They Were All Volunteers” has been nominated for three Emmys.

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‘Diamond Lil’ suffers hydraulic malfunction

The Commemorative Air Force’s B-24, “Diamond Lil,” experienced a hydraulic malfunction during a scheduled passenger flight at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, Saturday, May 26. The crew followed all safety protocols and took every precaution to ensure the safety of everyone on board, CAF officials said, noting there were no injuries to the passengers or crew and minimal damage to the aircraft.

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Only flying B-29 returns to Oshkosh

The Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 bomber FIFI – the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world – will return to Oshkosh this year to participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.

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Warbirds keep flying high

The world’s only flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress, “FIFI,” and other Warbirds have triumphed in a battle against a proposed amendment that would have grounded many of these aircraft.

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