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T-6 Texan converted to resemble a Mitsubishi Zero as flown by the Commemorative Air Force

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), formerly known as the Confederate Air Force, is a Texas-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and showing historical aircraft at airshows primarily throughout the U.S. and Canada. The CAF also has extensive aircraft collection on static display in their American Airpower Heritage Museum[1]. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 385 pixels Full resolution (1279 × 616 pixel, file size: 55 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 385 pixels Full resolution (1279 × 616 pixel, file size: 55 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... The T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft designed by North American Aviation, used to train fighter pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II. The T-6 is... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... A non-profit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes, without concern for monetary profit. ...

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Objectives

The main objectives of the CAF are:[2]:

  • To acquire, restore, and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans,
  • To construct or obtain museum buildings for the permanent protection, maintenance, and display of these historic aircraft, period artifacts, and documents as a tribute to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced, and flew them and to build and organize the "Combat Airman Hall of Fame",
  • To perpetuate the spirit in which such combat aircraft were flown in the defense of our nation, in the memory and hearts of all Americans, and
  • To establish an organization having the dedication, enthusiasm, and Esprit de Corps necessary to operate, maintain, and preserve these aircraft as symbols of our American Military Aviation Heritage.

Esprit de Corps might refer to: Esprit de Corps - state of mind, Morale. ...

Name

The original name, Confederate Air Force, started as a simple joke. As the collection of "warbirds" at Rebel Field started to grow, someone painted the name on the side of one of the planes. The name stuck. In 2002 it changed its name to Commemorative Air Force after a vote of the membership. Many felt the name Confederate Air Force was confusing and did not accurately reflect the purpose of the organization. [3] Also see: 2002 (number). ...


History

The origin[4] of the Commemorative Air Force dates back to 1951, with the purchase of a surplus Curtiss-Wright P-40 Warhawk by Lloyd Nolen, a former World War II Army Air Forces flight instructor. In 1957, Nolen and four friends purchased a P-51 Mustang, each sharing in the $2,500 cost of the aircraft. With the purchase of the Mustang, known as Red Nose, the group was unofficially founded. Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Curtiss-Wright Corporation was once a leading aircraft manufacturer of the United States, but has since become a component manufacturer, specializing in actuators, controls, valves, and metal treatment. ... The Curtiss P-40 was an American fighter aircraft which first flew in 1938 and played a vital role in the crucial middle stages of World War II. Developed from the pre-war radial-engined P-36 Hawk, the P-40 became known as the Tomahawk, the Kittyhawk, and finally... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) was the aviation component of the United States Army primarily during World War II. The title of Army Air Forces succeeded the prior name of Army Air Corps in June 1941 during preparation for expected combat in what came to be known as... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range single-seat fighter aircraft that entered service with Allied air forces in the middle years of World War II. The P-51 became one of the conflicts most successful and recognizable aircraft. ...


In 1958, the group made their second purchase ~ two Grumman F8F Bearcats for $805 each. Along with the P-51, this gave the pilots the two most advanced piston-engine fighters to see service with the U.S. Army Air Forces and the U.S. Navy. Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, later Grumman Aerospace Corporation, was a leading producer of military and civilian aircraft of the 20th century. ... The Grumman F8F Bearcat (affectionately called Bear) was an American single-engine naval fighter aircraft of the 1940s. ... The North American P-51 Mustang was a successful long range fighter aircraft which set new standards of excellence and performance when it entered service in the middle years of World War II and is still regarded as one of the very best piston-engined fighters ever made. ... The United States Army Air Forces, or USAAF, was a part of the U.S. military during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


In 1960, the CAF began seriously to search for other World War II aircraft, but it became quickly apparent that few remained in flying condition. The CAF Colonels were shocked to find that the aircraft which played such a major role in winning World War II were being rapidly and systematically destroyed. No one, not even the Air Force or Navy were attempting to preserve even one of each type of these historic aircraft for display for future generations. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Seal of the Air Force. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


On September 6, 1961, the CAF was chartered as a nonprofit Texas corporation in order to restore and preserve World War II-era combat aircraft. By the end of the year, there were nine aircraft in the CAF fleet. Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


In 1965, the first museum building consisting of 26,000 square feet was completed at old Rebel Field, Mercedes, Texas. The CAF created a new Rebel Field at Harlingen, Texas, when they moved there in 1968, occupying three large buildings. The CAF fleet continued to grow and included medium and heavy bombers such as the B-29, B-25, B-17 and B-24. Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Mercedes is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. ... Harlingen is: A city in the Netherlands A city in Texas, United States This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Boeing Model 341/345) was a four-engine heavy bomber flown by the United States Army Air Force. ... B-25 Mitchell, England, 2001 B_25 Mitchell was a twin_engined, medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation in the United States and used during World War II. By the time production of the plane ended, roughly 10,000 had been built, including PBJ_1 Navy Patrol Bomber and an F-10... The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is an American four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed for the US Army Air Corps (USAAC). ... Royal Canadian Air Force B-24 Liberator The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft, and was used by most of the Allied air forces in World War II. Designed as a heavy bomber, it served with distinction not only in that...


Today, the Commemorative Air Force is comprised of over 11,000 members, several hundred of whom serve as pilots and flight or maintenance crew members committed to preserving World War II American aviation heritage. The CAF is responsible for operating a fleet of more than 140 airplanes known as the Ghost Squadron. The year 1991 marked the beginning of a new era for the CAF with the opening of the new Midland, Texas, headquarters and museum facilities. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Midland County Government  - Mayor Mike Canon Area  - City 173. ...


The CAF is an all-volunteer organization, made up of members from all walks of life. Membership is open to all men and women, age 18 or older. You need not be a veteran nor a pilot to join the CAF. Privately funded and totally self-supporting, the nonprofit, tax-exempt group is dedicated to preserving the military aviation heritage of World War II. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Aircraft

The CAF operates 145 aircraft based with over 70 regional groups, called wings, in 27 states. The entire collection of CAF aircraft is known as the CAF Ghost Squadron[5]. Its aircraft range from the small Stinson L-5 and Ryan PT-22 to the giant Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and the Consolidated B-24A Liberator AM927. Many of the CAF aircraft are rare - the CAF operates the only flying examples of the historic B-29 Superfortress and Curtiss SB2C Helldiver. Others, such as the Consolidated B-24/LB-30 Liberator, Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighter, Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero and SBD Dauntless, are one of only two or three of that type left flying today. The CAF also operates Axis and exotic aircraft such as the Mig 17 Fresco C. The Stinson Aircraft Company was an aircraft manufacturing company in the United States predominantly in the first half of the 20th century. ... The L-5 Sentinel began life as the pre-war Stinson model 105. ... The Ryan Aeronautical Company was founded by T. Claude Ryan in San Diego, California, USA in 1934. ... Ryan PT-22 Recruit The Ryan PT-22 Recruit is a military trainer aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps and it successor, the United States Army Air Forces for primary pilot training. ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661) is a major aerospace and defense corporation, originally founded by William Edward Boeing. ... The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a four-engine heavy bomber propeller aircraft flown by the United States Army Air Forces in World War II and other military organizations afterwards. ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661) is a major aerospace and defense corporation, originally founded by William Edward Boeing. ... The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is an American four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed for the US Army Air Corps (USAAC). ... The Consolidated Aircraft Corporation was founded in 1923 by Reuben H. Fleet. ... Consolidated Liberator B I In August 1939, the USAAC ordered 38 examples of the Consolidated B-24A. From this order, 20 aircraft (s/n 40-2349 / 40-2368) were released for direct purchase by the RAF under the designation Liberator B I. The twenty Liberator B I were delivered to... The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a four-engine heavy bomber propeller aircraft flown by the United States Army Air Forces in World War II and other military organizations afterwards. ... The Curtiss-Wright Corporation was once a leading aircraft manufacturer of the United States, but has since become a component manufacturer, specializing in actuators, controls, valves, and metal treatment. ... For the biplane, please see Curtiss Helldiver. ... The Consolidated Aircraft Corporation was founded in 1923 by Reuben H. Fleet. ... Royal Canadian Air Force B-24 Liberator The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft, and was used by most of the Allied air forces in World War II. Designed as a heavy bomber, it served with distinction not only in that... Bell Aircraft Corporation assembly factory in Buffalo, New York, during the 1940s. ... The Bell P-63 Kingcobra was developed from the P-39 Airacobra in an attempt to correct that aircrafts deficiencies. ... For information on Mitsubishi brand computer monitors, see NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America Inc. ... Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero wreck abandoned at Munda Airfield, Central Solomons, 1943. ... The Douglas SBD Dauntless was the U.S. Navys main scout bomber and dive bomber from mid-1940 until 1943, when it was replaced by the SB2C Helldiver. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... MiG-17 at the Central Texas Airshow, USA, May 2003. ...


Of the over 140 history aircraft operated by the CAF; about 100 are in flying condition at any given time. Restoration and maintenance of these 50+ year old planes is always ongoing.

B-24 "Diamond Lil" from the Commemorative Air Force collection. Airframe has been returned to B-24A configuration in 2007.
B-24 "Diamond Lil" from the Commemorative Air Force collection. Airframe has been returned to B-24A configuration in 2007.[6]

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AIRSHO

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Wings and squadrons

The CAF has many wings and squadrons. Most are in the United States, but there are a few outside the country.


US wings and squadrons

  • Alaska
    • Anchorage — Alaska Wing
  • Arizona
    • Mesa — Arizona Wing
  • California
    • Camarillo — Southern California Wing
    • Modesto — Central California Valley Squadron
    • Oakland — Golden Gate Wing
    • Riverside — Inland Empire Wing
    • San Diego — Air Group One Wing
    • Upland — Third Pursuit Squadron
  • Colorado
    • Grand Junction — Rocky Mountain Wing
    • Metro Denver — Mile High Wing
  • Florida
    • Deland — Florida Wing
  • Georgia
    • Atlanta — Dixie Wing
  • Illinois
    • Chicago — Great Lakes Wing
  • Indiana
    • Indianapolis — Indiana Wing
  • Iowa
    • Davenport — Hawkeye Squadron
  • Kansas
    • Kansas City — Heart of America Wing
    • Wichita — Jayhawk Wing
  • Michigan
    • Grand Rapids — West Michigan Wing
  • Minnesota
    • Duluth — Lake Superior Squadron 101
    • South St. Paul — Minnesota Wing
  • Mississippi
    • Madison — Mississippi Wing
  • Missouri
    • Springfield — Ozark Mountain Squadron
    • St. Louis — Missouri Wing
  • Nebraska
    • Omaha — Great Plains Wing
  • Nevada
    • Las Vegas — Nevada Wing
  • New Mexico
    • Albuquerque — Lobo Wing
    • Hobbs — New Mexico Wing
  • North Carolina
    • Southern Pines — Carolinas Wing
  • Ohio
    • Cleveland — Cleveland Wing
    • Columbus — Ohio Valley Wing
    • Dayton — Wright Stuff Squadron
  • Oklahoma
    • Guymon — Cimmaron Strip Wing
    • Oklahoma City — Oklahoma Wing
    • Oklahoma City — Sierra Hotel A-26 Sponsor Group
    • Tulsa — Spirit of Tulsa Squadron
  • Pennsylvania
    • Philadephia — Delaware Valley Wing
    • Pittsburgh — Keystone Wing
  • Tennessee
    • Kingsport — Tennessee Volunteer Squadron
    • Memphis — Memphis Squadron
  • Texas
    • Abilene — Big Country Squadron
    • Amarillo — Dew Line Squadron
    • Brownsville — Rio Grande Valley Wing
    • Burnet — Highland Lakes Squadron
    • Conroe — Big Thicket Wing
    • Corpus Christi — Third Coast Squadron
    • Corsicana — Coyote Squadron
    • Dallas/Fort Worth — Dallas/Fort Worth Wing
    • Fredericksburg — Tex Hill Wing
    • Georgetown — Devil Dog Squadron
    • Graham — Cactus Squadron
    • Houston — Gulf Coast Wing
    • Houston — West Houston Squadron
    • Marshall — Lone Star Wing
    • Midland — AIRSHO Support Detachment
    • Midland — B-29/B-24 Squadron
    • Midland — High Sky Wing
    • Midland — West Texas Wing
    • Odessa — Desert Squadron
    • San Marcos — Centex Wing
    • San Marcos — Yellow Rose Squadron
    • Waco — Ranger Wing
    • Wharton — River Bend Squadron
  • Utah
    • Salt Lake City — Utah Wing
  • Virginia
    • Chesapeke — Old Dominion Squadron
    • Manassas — National Capitol Squadron
  • Washington
    • Chewela — First Observation Detachment
  • Wisconsin
    • Milwaukee — Wisconsin Wing
  • National Units
    • Culpeper's Angels
    • Explosive Ordnance Detachment
    • Marshalling Detachment
    • Medical Detachment
    • Security Detachment
    • TRARON

International wings & squadrons

  • Australia
    • New South Wales — Australian Wing
  • France
    • Aulnay Sous Bois — French Wing
  • New Zealand
    • Auckland — New Zealand Wing
  • Switzerland
    • Olten — Swiss Wing

References

  1. ^ Commemorative Air Force Website: American Airpower Heritage Museum Accessed August 14, 2007
  2. ^ Commemorative Air Force Website: CAF Unit Manual, Section 14 "Constitution and Bylaws (members only). Accessed July 22, 2007.
  3. ^ Commemorative Air Force Website: CAF News 2001 Press Release Accessed August 14, 2007
  4. ^ Commemorative Air Force Website: CAF History. Accessed July 22, 2007.
  5. ^ Commemorative Air Force web site: CAF Facts and Information Accessed July 22, 2007.
  6. ^ Commemorative Air Force Website: CAF "Diamond Lil" back to B-24A configuration Access August 14, 2007
  7. ^ FINA-CAF AIRSHO website. [http://www.airsho.org "FINA-CAF AIRSHO". Accessed July 22, 2007.

See also

  • Historic transport

Contents // Categories: Transportation | Stub ...

Other large collections of flying historic aircraft

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External links


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Commemorative Air Force - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (375 words)
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), formerly known as the Confederate Air Force, is a Texas-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and showing historical aircraft.
The group that would become the Confederate Air Force first got together in 1957, when four friends along with Nolen joined forces to purchase a P-51 Mustang.
The CAF moved its headquarters to Midland, Texas at Midland International Airport (KMAF) in West Texas in 1991.
Official Home Page of the Commemorative Air Force (261 words)
CAF officials announced at a press conference, 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, that of 1,945 votes cast, 54 percent voted to approve Commemorative Air Force as the new name of the organization.
The new name was selected as the result of a vote by CAF members taken at the organization's general membership meeting held Oct. 5, 2001, in Midland, Texas.
CAF members voted overwhelmingly to change the name of the organization at a vote held Oct. 6, 2000 at CAF Headquarters.
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