A family affair

Texas Raiders I

A family of aviators from the Houston area will be front and center on Father’s Day weekend at David Wayne Hooks Airport in Spring, Texas.

Crewing the B-17 Flying Fortress “Texas Raiders,” which belongs to the Commemorative Air Force, the Doggett family of Humble, Texas, will celebrate Father’s Day by helping host a Warbird weekend and open house at the local airport. [Read more…]

GA rallies to save ‘That’s All Brother’

The name was a message to Hitler that, with the invasion, his plans were done. The antenna is part of the "Rebecca-Eureka" system that homed on beacons placed ahead of the main force by special forces known as Pathfinders.

A Kickstarter campaign launched by the Commemorative Air Force to raise $75,000 to buy the Douglas C-47 “That’s all, Brother” — the airplane that led the massive paratroop drop on D-Day — was an overwhelming success.

In the first two days after launching the Kickstarter campaign, CAF raised the $75,000 it needed to acquire the iconic airplane, which was discovered in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin.

The fundraising campaign was such a success — becoming one of the top 10 Kickstarter campaigns in the world — that CAF officials turned it into a “stretch” campaign, upping the ante to $250,000. [Read more…]

FIFI returns to the sky

FIFI Over Oshkosh

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

FIFI. Photo by Scott Slocum

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…]