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B-25J "Miss Mitchell"

Minnesota and Dixie Wings Collaborate on New Tour of Southeast

The Minnesota Wing and the Dixie Wing are teaming up for a unique tour in several southeast states to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid over Japan. The tour will include five stops with the Minnesota Wing’s B-25, “Miss Mitchell,” and the Dixie Wing’s P-51, “Red Nose”, and SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber. The Minnesota Wing’s tour season starts with[Read More…]

by January 9, 2017 1 comment Commemorative Air Force, WWII Events
A vintage shot of the Commemorative Air Force's Republic F-47N Thunderbolt 44-89136. A fundraising effort HERE is now underway to get this aircraft back in the air. (photo via Augusto de León Fajardo)

A Thunderbolt Survivor’s Latin American Story

The P-47 Thunderbolt was a massive fighter aircraft by WWII standards, but it excelled in combat none-the-less. It could carry a huge payload, and was used to great effect in the ground-attack role. Despite its bulk, several of Americas top-scoring fighter pilots in the European Theatre, such as Gabby Gabreski (28 victories) and Robert S. Johnson (27 victories), flew the bulk[Read More…]

by December 30, 2016 5 comments 12 Planes of Christmas, Aircraft Restoration
Corsairs On Deck

Corsairs On Deck

Without doubt, the mighty F4U Corsair is one of the most iconic warbirds of all time. It’s brutish, but elegant lines, combined with a superb fighting record and longevity as a frontline combat aircraft have permanently etched its name into military lore. Given its position in aviation history, it seems surprising that only a couple of dozen examples still fly worldwide. This is due mainly to[Read More…]

CAF’s Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina Restoration Update

CAF’s Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina Restoration Update

Over the years, the Commemorative Air Force has owned and operated five different PBY Catalinas, but unfortunately the type has so far not enjoyed much longevity with the organization with PBY-6A Bu.64000 being written off in a crash in 1975; PBY-5A Bu.46590 succumbing to corrosion in 1984 (and now parted out); PBY-6A Bu.63998 being written off in an accident in[Read More…]

CAF Dixie Wing’s T-34B Flies Again!

CAF Dixie Wing’s T-34B Flies Again!

On December 15th, 2016, the CAF Dixie Wing’s Beechcraft T-34B Mentor took to the skies for the first time after a meticulous restoration by unit volunteers. General George Harrison and Jack Van Ness took off around 2:30pm from Atlanta Regional Airport and flew around the patch for about an hour. During the flight, they followed strict engine break-in protocol and tested[Read More…]