Commemorative Air Force Seeking to Establish a New National Airbase

CAF_Logo_final_4cThe Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced plans last Thursday to establish a new “CAF National Airbase” within a major metropolitan area as well as announcing that they are embarking immediately on a nationwide search immediately for the best location for this new facility. The CAF National Airbase, which is intended to become the Crown Jewel of the existing network of 60 facilities that are currently spread over 28 states, is the first step of a larger “Airbase Strategy” that will see the organization reorganize and establish several CAF Airbases at key locations around the country over the next decade, with sites selected to maximize the cultural and educational impact of the CAF’s activities.

At each Airbase, the public attraction will house flying vintage military aircraft combined with interactive educational displays, entertaining activities and each will host an annual air show. Additionally, the CAF will look to partner with other leading innovative, historical, educational and entertainment based organizations to accomplish its mission. CAF President/CEO Stephan C. Brown stated: “The Commemorative Air Force’s mission is education – such that Americans will value and support the contributions of military aviation in assuring our nation’s freedom. But, in today’s environment, we have to find new ways to educate and break away from traditional and increasingly outdated methods. The CAF National Airbase will house and serve as a stage to share a rotating group of the most significant military aviation assets in history.” Brown further stated that the CAF has been restoring, maintaining and operating vintage warbirds for over 55 years and has amassed the world’s largest fleet of flying vintage military aircraft and that he expects that this National Airbase will become a premier destination for the host city chosen.

The new flagship National Airbase facility will be a year-round aviation attraction, house CAF Staff and volunteers and host a large annual warbird air show/fly-in. By establishing a world-class aviation facility within a metropolitan area with a large population and a strong international tourism component, the CAF hopes to further it’s mission of educating both the domestic and international public on the history and importance of our country’s efforts to protect freedom through airpower.

Sites under consideration for the National Airbase will need to meet minimum runway length and width requirements, as well as a population minimums, economic incentives and tourism potential. Once the location has been chosen and the new facility has been built, the CAF’s Board of Directors has made the decision to relocate its Headquarters’ personnel and operations there. The CAF has been headquartered in Midland, Texas since 1991 and the CAF has indicated that it will continue to maintain its strong presence there, including plans to improve the CAF Airpower Museum, upgrading it to a “CAF Airbase” status and assigning it additional airplanes and continuing to sponsor the annual Midland/Odessa CAF AIRSHO.



28 Responses to Commemorative Air Force Seeking to Establish a New National Airbase

  1. Devan Beiswenger May 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I think moving your HQ to Bullhead City, Arizona would be a good idea. It’s on the Colorado River with the casinos of Nevada right across the river, California close by as well. Bullhead City has a population of about 30,000 and the major metropolitan area of Las Vegas, Nevada is about 90 miles away. The airport is called Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport and would be perfect. It has has the Legends Over the Colorado visit here twice. The B-29 “Fifi” has landed here as well as the B-25 “Executive Sweet.” Please consider stationing here.

  2. Bob May 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    The south Florida would be a great place for the new CAF base.

    • S June 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      Hurricanes!!! No Way.. they do not want their collection wiped out by Hurricanes!!!

      • Ross Sharp January 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

        Wiped out by Hurricanes? Surely not……Tempests are FAR more potent!! :)

    • Jim Stevenson October 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      Dream on there Devan. Bullhead City is WAY too small and WAY to far from Vegas.

  3. Bob May 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Lots of airports to pick from and a great pool of A&Ps that live in the South Florida area. Kermit Weeks was down here,then moved to Polk City FL. So there is a void here you could fill.

  4. George Cudabac May 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm #


    Having visited one of the old CAF shows in South Texas, I remember how difficuit it was to get there…and the limited facilities and transportation in the area. I took my father in law there to be inducted into the CAF by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Lloyd Nolan. Wherever you choose, I would suggest that you remember the age of the veterans who might want to attend and the availability and proximity the location would be travel wise. One consideration might be the airport outside Nashville, in Smyrna, TN. It is close to the Nashville International Airport which is a major hub for Southwest, American and others. it is a huge tourist attraction city and is in driving distance on many major cities to the West, South, East, and North. It has all the amenities needed, and in place, to host such a museum and air show. Even “westerners might enjoy visiting Nashville.
    Not is mention a huge pool of popular entertainers to draw from…Not too hot, not too cold, not too dry, not too wet. And, last but not least….Nashville is very veteran friendly…. and adults over 50 love the place. Check it out…….

  5. Jorge May 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    The CAF screwed up many years ago,by leaving Harlingen,Texas, the founding city.
    Seems everybody jumps on a good thing,and takes the free ride,sorta like our federal government,you see where that’s got them.

    • Jim Stevenson October 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      Jorge, Harlingen is a tiny, tiny town about as far away from everything else in the U.S. as it could possibly get. No, the big screwup was putting the new HQ out in remote Midland/Odessa, TX. Hotel rooms scarce and expensive due to oil boom and tough to even drive there. New location absolutely has to be near a major metro area like Dallas, Houston or San Antonio.

  6. John May 19, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I think you should be fair in your considerations and look at old Airbase facilities that used to be Bases and just do a fly in to locations and use fair judging of each facility you visit . there are several bases that closed that could use some life put back in them

  7. S June 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Why not San Antonio?

    This was on the original list before the idiots voted to move to the MIDDLE OF F-N NOWHERE!!!

    • WarbirdsUpdate June 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      To the best of my knowledge the CAF hasn’t made any announcements other than that Midland, TX would be an Airbase, but the CAF Arizona Wing has just changed their name on Facebook to “Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona (formerly the Arizona Wing)” so perhaps there’s doings that haven’t been announced, though I’d say that that might indicate that the Phoenix metro area is out of the running for the National Airbase, though it’s purely speculation on my part.


      • Col. Jim Gibson November 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

        For the Nat’l .airbase maybe ,but for the first and dominate Airbase Arizona’s CAF at Falcon field holds that distinction

  8. Rear Admiral William Retz, USN(ret) June 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I am the marketing and Economic Development lead and would like to place the North Texas Regional Airport located in Denison TX, 60 miles north of the DFW metroplex in play for your new headquarters. Please provide the details on how you would like proposals submitted.

  9. Gordon July 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    The perfect place for your new Headquarters would be at Love Field in Dallas TX or Addison Field in Addison Tx. We already have FiFi as well as a variety of war-birds station here.

    • Jim Stevenson October 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Gordon, your idea for Love Field is completely impractical. I work at Love Field and the surounding neighborhoods would freakout at the thought of antique aircraft flying over their heads. Any location needs to be on the edge of a major metro area, like McKinney or Alliance Airport. No way can you do a big airshow inside a major city

  10. Popeye August 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    I second the idea of the old air base at Dennison, TX. It’s fairly close to the metroplex, yet enough outside of a congested area to help with operational safety of flying old warbirds. It’s got a 9000′ runway and a huge ramp space too.

  11. Airacobra 2000 October 8, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    No other place is better than lakeland,fl(Sun&fun).20 minutes away from fantasy of flight.

  12. Everett Allen October 12, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Why not use logic in a decision of this kind? A place that is geocentric to the country, has more flying days than anywhere in the world, has the space AND room to expand, etc., etc. I am talking about Wiley Post Airport., Oklahoma City, OK. Plenty of hangars available NOW, lots of retired aircraft workers from Tinker Air Base (nearby).

    Yep, it’s got it all!!!!!!

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  14. tony October 26, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    KHUF…that would be a great base…it is a former fighter base for INANG, there are no commercial flights….plus damn near center of country…

  15. Col. Jim Gibson November 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    we at Arizone are privilaged to be the first CAF Airbase, Airbase Arizona at Falcon Field in Mesa AZ. is the flagship of the CAF

  16. thomas November 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Seymour indiania freeman field

  17. Paul Read November 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    How about Front Range Airport in Broomfield Colorado
    Just outside Denver.

  18. Randy Russell December 29, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Lakeland Linder Airport would be good they have a strong base of war birds and sun and fun is there what great advertising its also a great airport and can handle big aircraft and jets. Sarasota would be a good place also and you can move all flying aircraft during hurricanes both are located close to the Tampa and orlando areas and a short drive from Miami and the Jacksonville areas and have great areas to vacation


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