|Midland, Texas (July 18, 2012) - The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is excited to announce that more than 10 of its vintage aircraft will attend at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh, Wis. "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," AirVenture will feature CAF performances new to the event as well as ride opportunities in the B-29!
The CAF's TORA TORA TORA is an aerial re-enactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor complete with ground-shaking explosions and pyrotechnics that bring history to life for new generations. For the first time in CAF history, TORA performances will take place at AirVenture on Fri. and Sat., July 27-28. This is one of the most dazzling warbird performances flying today!
Throughout the week, the CAF's B-29 Superfortress FIFI will be available for Living History Flight Experiences at Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton. The Queen of the CAF Fleet, FIFI will be on display in the Phillips 66 Plaza Thurs. July 26 and Fri. July 27. Attendees can also purchase flights in the B-29 online at www.RideB29.com or by visiting the CAF Hangar 57 and Rides Tent located at the southeast corner of Phillips 66 Plaza. Other aircraft on display include*:
- CAF Dixie Wing P-51 Mustang Red Nose and Douglas SBD Dauntless Lady in Blue
- CAF Indiana Wing Fairchild PT-26 Cornell and Taylorcraft L-2A Grasshopper
- CAF Devil Dog Squadron North American PBJ (B-25) Devil Dog
- CAF Red Tail Squadron P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Airmen and RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit
- CAF Wisconsin Wing T-6 and PT-26
- CAF Minnesota Wing BT-13
- CAF P-51 Gunfighter
In 1957, a small group of ex-service pilots pooled their money to purchase a P-51 Mustang, beginning what is now called the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). With the addition of a pair of F8F Bearcats, the CAF became the founders of the Warbird Movement, an effort to preserve and honor our military history with the rallying cry to "Keep 'Em Flying!" Now, 55 years later, the CAF is the premier Warbird organization, operating 156 vintage aircraft in Honor of American Military Aviation. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 9,000 members and its fleet of historic aircraft is distributed to 74 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information on the Commemorative Air Force and its aircraft, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.
*Aircraft participation subject to change due to weather, maintenance or other circumstances.