Have you ever wondered the size of the CAF? Have you ever wondered how many airplanes are operated by the CAF? Have you ever wondered how many airshows does the CAF attend annually? Have you ever wondered how many volunteers help the CAF accomplish its mission? As 2014 comes to an end, we collected some of the most significant numbers which show why the CAF is the most impactful warbird organization in the world.
The CAF owns 162 warbirds of which 19 are Bombers, 28 are Fighters, 61 are Trainers, 15 are Transports and 39 are Liaison/other. As of December 2014 there are 125 airplanes in airworthy condition, 17 are in restoration, 18 are in maintenance and only 2 in storage. (NOTE: Aircraft in flying and maintenance status are considered operational aircraft.) That makes the CAF more than 88% operational, which is a very high percentage for any fleet.
In 2014 the CAF aircraft flew 5258.40 hours, performed 4,366 rides, and as of Dec. 11 and completed more than 6,200 sorties. Many of these flights were performed by airplanes that are the last one of their type flying, such as the B-29 Superfortres FIFI, the SB2C Helldiver, the B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil (one of two airworthy), SBD-5 Dauntless (one of two airworthy), P-63 Kingcobra (one of four airworthy), P-39 Airacobra (one of three airworthy), ME-108,etc.
The CAF is composed of 63 units, 6 sponsor groups and 4 international units located in Switzerland, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. CAF Wings are present in 25 States. There are also 25 museums associated with the CAF.
In 2014, the CAF flew 800 Airshow sorties , organized 8 aerial events and performed more than 50 fly-overs.Hundreds of thousands of spectators see the CAF airplanes at airshows each year. The CAF participates in all of the major airshows in the United States.