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The Mississippi Wing Took a Direct Hit but are Still Going Strong!

 The Missisippi Wing’s hanger was struck by a tornado on Augist 17th. It was a direct hit. The storm pushed the hangar doors out of the track and damaged multiple airplanes. A few other planes on the ramp (KMBO) were also damaged as well as one other hanger. Being a direct hit on an airport means the wind readings are likely to be accurate.  A peak speed at KMBO of 97 was recorded.

The membership came together to solve a lot of problems in a hurry, immediately following the event.  Of course, the first responders in Madison Mississippi did a fantastic job as well.  A work crew was organized and cleaned up the next day.   No one was hurt and that is something we can all be thankful for. 





Wing members cleared all debris from the airport and with help from the City of Madison, secured the hangar the following day.



Debris from the Missisisppi Wing hangar.



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12 Planes of Christmas is here!

12 Planes of Christmas is here!

Happy holidays everyone!

Just a quick reminder that the 12 Planes of Christmas fundraising campaign is now running. This fundraiser can be a great way to help with aircraft maintenance costs. Last year units used funds to cover the cost of aircrafts annual, some received in-kind donations from paint to fabric and others were able to get some additional volunteer help.

You can see all the aircraft participating at The site is a great way to see whats been going on with the units. In addition, the comments from donors about seeing the aircraft on tour, riding in the planes and honoring specific veterans is a great testament to the work you do. Thank you.

Please do what you can to promote the 12 Planes of Christmas. This includes posting the donation link on your Facebook pages, joining the fundraiser. If you have questions about it contact Leah Block at

Thanks to you all for everything you do to keep the CAF Flying!


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Third Coast Stearman

Any news on the Stearman accident?

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12 Planes of Christmas

12planesofChristmas squarebuttonThe Flying Museum Board is still accepting applications to be a featured aircraft for the "12 Planes of Christmas."  Last year more than $100,000 was raised for individual aircraft and the Aircraft Restoration Grant Fund. This is a great opportunity, not only to raise funds, but to highlight the amount of hard work and dedication put forth by unit members.

Applications will be accepted until July 14th, So act now.

For more information, contact Flying Museum Board Chairman Alan Brooks at

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CAF 2016 Accident Summary

CAF 2016 Accident Summary

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA101

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation

Accident occurred Friday, May 06, 2016 in San Bernardino, CA

Aircraft: ANTONOV AN2, registration: N2AN

Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 06, 2016, about 1200 Pacific daylight time, an ANTONOV AN2 airplane, N2AN, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a reported loss of engine power during approach to the San Bernardino International Airport, San Bernardino, California. The airplane was owned by the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum, and was being operated by the pilot as a familiarization flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot and sole passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration flight plan had been filed for the flight. The airplane departed the Cable Airport, Upland, California, about 1145.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot stated that the flight was a familiarization flight for a new member of their chapter of the Commemorative Air Force. The flight departed the Cable airport and flew east along the mountains, headed to San Bernardino. They contacted the San Bernardino tower and were instructed to enter the crosswind for runway 24. As part of the before landing checklist, the pilot turned on the carburetor heat and switched the fuel tank selector to the right fuel tank. Shortly thereafter, the engine lost all power. The pilot attempted numerous times to restart the engine, but was unsuccessful.

The pilot realized that he would not be able to reach the airport, and decided to make a forced landing to a small field in a residential area. During the landing approach, the airplane contacted a power line. After touching down in the field the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

A detailed examination of the airframe and engine are pending.

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA172

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation

Accident occurred Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Tyrone, GA

Aircraft: CHAMPION 7BCM, registration: N7620B

Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

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On April 30, 2016, about 1057 eastern daylight time, a Champion 7BCM, N7620B, was substantially damaged following a partial loss of engine power and forced landing at Tyrone, Georgia. The airline transport pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to a corporation and was operated by the Commemorative Air Force under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a revenue sightseeing flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight from Atlanta Regional Airport (FFC), Peachtree City, Georgia originated about 1040.

According to the pilot, the airplane was level at 3,000 feet above mean sea level when the engine began to lose power. The pilot selected carburetor heat and no improvement was observed; the engine speed remained at 2,000 rpm. Carburetor heat was then turned off. The magnetos were checked and there was no significant change in performance noted. Carburetor heat was re-applied with no improvement; the pilot left it on for the remainder of the flight. The airplane would not maintain altitude, so the pilot configured the airplane for a forced landing in a hay field. After touchdown, the airplane bogged down in high vegetation and nosed down, collapsing the main landing gear. The pilot and passenger exited the airplane and were assisted by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The airplane came to rest upright. Structural damage to the engine firewall and forward fuselage was evident. The main landing gear were collapsed under the airframe. The fuselage-mounted fuel tank contained fuel. A cursory visual examination of the engine revealed no evidence of a mechanical failure.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA133

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation

Accident occurred Wednesday, February 03, 2016 in Dallas, TX

Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/2016

Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN P 51, registration: N61429

Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he landed the airplane with the landing gear retracted, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot further reported that this accident could have been prevented with a "higher degree" of diligence to checklists.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

  • The pilot's failure to extend the landing gear prior to landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage during landing.
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