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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Warbird Weekend

By DAVID RAUZI

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – All it took was 30 minutes to turn a sleepy rural airstrip into roaring runway of Warbirds.

Scrambled together within a few months and hurriedly promoted, the Idaho County Airport’s first Warbird Weekend event held July 14 last year exceeded all expectations: [Read more...]

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...]

Colorado Aviation Week to celebrate general aviation

The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) has released the schedule for “Colorado Aviation Week,” with several events slated June 7-10 in the Denver area to celebrate the state’s General Aviation Appreciation Month.

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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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‘Spooky’ at Virginia Festival of Flight

An unusual AC-47D gunship of the Vietnam era, known as “Spooky,” will be part of the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight this coming weekend, April 28-29.

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High grades, high flight for student

How do you manage a 4.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale? “You take lots of Advanced Placement and Honors classes,” said Joshua Gutierrez, a 17-year-old honor student at Central Florida Aviation Academy, which is on the SUN ’n FUN campus.

Gutierrez has the highest GPA in his school and as a reward he earned a ride in the back seat of a T-6 Monday morning.

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