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DAYTON, Ohio -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" is readied for restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Memphis Belle to be Placed on Public Display in May 2018

One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943.  The B-17F Memphis Belle™ – the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United[Read More…]

WWII Heritage Days Salutes Doolittle Raid, Battle of Midway

WWII Heritage Days Salutes Doolittle Raid, Battle of Midway

PRESS RELEASE –  America was losing the Second World War in the Pacific until an unprecedented one-way mission by Army bombers launched from a Navy aircraft carrier prompted an air-sea battle that changed the course of history. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing will mark the 75th Anniversaries of the Doolittle Raid and Battle of Midway throughout the 14th[Read More…]

by January 9, 2017 0 comments Press Releases, WWII Events
CAF Announces “12 Planes of Christmas” to Support WWII Aircraft Restoration

CAF Announces “12 Planes of Christmas” to Support WWII Aircraft Restoration

PRESS RELEASE – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will again promote “12 Planes of Christmas,” an online giving campaign. Located at, the campaigns provides an opportunity to aide in the restoration and maintenance of the aircraft as well as learn more about the CAF’s fleet of 165 authentic military airplanes. All of the CAF aircraft are restored, maintained, flown[Read More…]

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Defiant, Lysander and Gladiator Moved to Cosford

Just over two weeks ago the  Royal Air Force Museum Cosford received two new aircraft (click HERE). A Messerschmitt BF109G-2 and a de Havilland Tiger Moth II were the first of six new aircraft to arrive at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, having been transported by road from the museum’s sister site in London. Over the  the Shropshire attraction[Read More…]

Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, who served as Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot on Crew No. 1. Cole, now 101 years old, plans to return to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in April to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the raid. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jeff Fisher)

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid

On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.The raid was an extremely important event in the development of American air power. It marked the[Read More…]