EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — More than 30 pieces of nose art from World War II combat aircraft are making their first-ever trip outside their home museum, with the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh chosen as the first public display location for this rare collection. [Read more…]
DALLAS, Texas — On Friday, Oct. 16, five veterans of the World War II-era United States Army Air Forces gathered with their families at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) National Airbase at Dallas Executive Airport to tour “Diamond Lil,” a Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber similar to the aircraft they flew as young men on deadly missions over the Pacific Ocean.
The company, members of the 380th Bomb Group Association, were hosted by volunteers from the CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron in a program that provided a deeply personal glimpse into a pivotal period in world history. [Read more…]
In the video, you can see the interior, including the cockpit, of this famous transport aircraft. Also shown in the video, is James “Pee Wee” Martin, one of a handful of men still alive that jumped with the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day. Pee Wee served under the original Colonel Sink in World War II. Dale Dye, who played Col. Sink in the HBO series “Band of Brothers,” is also shown in the video, speaking with “Pee Wee” Martin. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
DALLAS – The Commemorative Air Force Air Power History Tour, featuring the Boeing B-29 Superfortress FIFI, will visit airports in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas starting Feb. 18 and ending April 3. FIFI will be accompanied by a variety of other vintage military aircraft at each stop. Air Power aircraft will be on display and selling rides. [Read more…]
DALLAS – The Dallas City Council voted unanimously to approve an incentive package for the Commemorative Air Force’s move to Dallas Executive Airport.