The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) said on May 8 that 27-year CAF member James C. “Woody” Woodford will become the organization’s Director of Maintenance, reporting to Bob Stenevik, VP of Operations and Maintenance.
“We are excited that a long-term member, who knows the CAF aircraft and the CAF members, will be joining the Headquarters team,” said CAF President Stephan Brown. “Jim’s professional background and experience will allow the CAF to continue to honor the standards of quality in our aircraft and operations that were established under Bob Stenevik and Gary Austin. During his time here, Gary worked hard to create a set of standards in the restoration and maintenance of our vintage warbirds and it is through his recommendation and the recommendations of other CAF leaders like Charles Hutchins and Bill Muszala that we feel confident that Jim will be a great leader in the quest for quality.”
“I am thrilled to have had the offer to be a part of the CAF on this level,” said Woodford. “I have met a lot of really good folks during my association with the CAF. This is an organization I believe in and I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and ideas to the table.”
Woodford began his career in aviation as soon as he graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Navy. He continued his career at Hughes Aircraft Company in California. Shortly after relocating to Houston to begin his career in the aerospace industry, Woodford discovered the CAF Tora, Tora, Tora group. He quickly joined and has remained an active member since 1982. Throughout his membership in the CAF, Woodford has acted as crew chief for the Tora aircraft.
Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. It is dedicated to honoring American military aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has about 9,000 members and a fleet of 156 airplanes representing more than 60 different types – including airplanes from several foreign countries and military conflicts since World War II.
For information: www.commemorativeairforce.org