2015 Wing Staff Conference


Be sure to join us for the annual CAF Wing Staff Conference this March 2-5, 2017 in Dallas.

This annual event is the best source of information for your unit leaders. It is an opportunity to share your knowledge and learn from other units across the country. A member from each unit is required to attend, but you will want to have as many members as you can attend this event in order to cover all the information given.

This year we are adding a half-day CAF led Day (delete CAF led Day) Field Trip on Thursday, a morning trip on Friday,  and a half-day CAF led trip Sunday so keep that in mind when booking your travel. There is a lot to see and do in Dallas and the hotel will honor our special rate for three days before and after the conference so plan to stay and play!


Hotel Information

A dedicated website is now available for you to book your hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made at this web address and will be held until 6 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 9, 2017,at which time, the rooms will be released for general resale and subject to availability.  

Booking Website:



Registration Information

To attend this conference you must be a CAF Member (Colonel, Preservation Colonel, Life Member or Cadet). Pre-Registration until Feb. 17 is $175 per registrant, after that date the cost is $225. Registration includes all meals, sessions and a ticket to the CAF Hall of Fame Banquet. For additional questions, call (877) 767-7175, ext. 123 or email Lawanda Strhan at lstrhan@cafhq.org.

If you are unable to attend the conference sessions, but would like to attend the CAF Hall of Fame Banquet or have a guest who will be attending the meals only. Tickets for those individuals and events are avalaible on the registration form as well. To attend any one of the day trips, please add that to your registration form, some day trips have an additional cost.


Schedule Information

*More information will be added as it becomes available.

Thursday, March 2- Afternoon Field Trip

Friday, March 3- Morning: Field Trip, Committee Meetings, Afternoon: Breakout sessions Casual Dinner - Remove this dinner

Saturday, March 4- Group and Breakout sessions throughout the day, Lunch, and CAF Hall of Fame Banquet

Sunday, March 5- Open mic session, afternoon Field Trip

Thursday and Sunday Field Trips are an extra fee. See additional information


CAF Hall of Fame

On Saturday, March 4 we will be inducting Don Hinz (posthumously), Gene Armstrong and David Price. This event honors individuals who have made a signifigant positive impact to the organization. The evening events are included with your Wing Staff registration, however additional tickets and single tickets, as well as tables can be purchased for this event separately.  The evening is semi-formal attire.

Day Trips with Keegan

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Behind the Scenes at Southwest!

Dallas is home to Southwest Airlines and the CAF has made a special arrangement to visit the Southwest campus at Love Field. This afternoon excursion will leave at 12:30 p.m. from the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities and travel to Southwest’s Corporate Headquarters. There we will tour the headquarters and maintenance facilities and other points of interest at the facility. Return time is approximately 5 p.m. Seating is limited. Details of this trip are subject to change.

•         Tour is strictly limited to the first 38 participants who register.

•         Participants must be prepared to / and able to walk for 1 mile (not all at once).

•         Tour starts and returns to the hotel, with transportation provided.

•         The Tour Bus will be accessing a closed facility, “join ins” and “drop outs” are not possible.

$30 per person. Price includes transportation to-and-from the hotel, as well as a boxed lunch. Please note any special dietary requirements. Mark Southwest Airlines Tour on your registration form.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Breakfast with the CAF Staff - Headquarters Tour

Enjoy a light breakfast at the new CAF Headquarters building located at Dallas Executive Airport. The tour bus will leave from the Magnolia Hotel Lobby at 8:30 and travel to the airport. Once on site, you’ll enjoy a tour of the CAF hangar and offices and meet the HQ staff. After the HQ visit, you’ll enjoy a Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau led driving tour of downtown Dallas, highlighting points of interests, shopping and dining. Return to the Magnolia Park Cities is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Lunch at the hotel is provided. Details of this trip are subject to change.

•         Tour is strictly limited to the first 20 participants who register.

•         Tour starts and returns to the hotel, with transportation provided.

•         The tour will last approximately three hours, “join ins” and “drop outs” are not possible.

Tour is free, but seating is limited. Mark CAF Headquarters Tour on your registration form.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

From Plains to Planes – the Dallas Story

Journey back in time with CAF Curator Keegan Chetwynd, as you visit the Nation’s most productive World War II aircraft factory, where more than 18,400 aircraft were built. View the production lines where P-51 Mustangs, and more than 12,967 AT-6/SNJs were constructed. Search for evidence of the more than 40,000 American men and women who worked to end the war, right here on the homefront, and walk the production line where B-24 Liberators were once rolled out two-abreast. Look out across the runways at NAS Dallas, and hear the stories of the nation’s largest contingent of Women pilots – who ferried airplanes away from the factory.

See the amazing Avion Village, where North American revolutionized construction technology, building houses in just 58 minutes to house their ballooning work force, and learn about what became of these houses – and the workers – after North American shuttered the plant in 1945.

Tour departs from the Magnolia Park Cities Hotel at 11:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 3 p.m. Seating is limited. Portions of this trip subject to changes in availability.

•         Tour is strictly limited to the first 38 participants who register.

•        Participants must be prepared to / and able to walk for 1 mile (not all at once).

•         Tour starts and returns to the hotel, with transportation provided.

•         The Tour Bus will be accessing a closed facility, “join ins” and “drop outs” are not possible.

$30 per person. Price includes boxed lunch, please advise of any special dietary requirements.

Price includes transportation to-and-from the hotel, as well as a boxed lunch. Please note any special dietary requirements. Mark Plains to Planes - a Dallas Story on your registration

About the presenters

( More information to come. )

What to do in Dallas

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum "serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. The library and museum accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other donated collections, hosting public programs, creating educational initiatives, preserving artifacts, and producing innovative museum exhibits." - Mission Statement

The Library and Museum is housed inside the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas - across US 75 North Central Expressway from the Magnolia Hotel. The Library and Museum is the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency.


Klyde Warren Park

Looking for a little greenspace to read a book? Look no further than Klyde Warren Park. This amazing space is built over the highway. Food trucks are available for your dining pleasure or you can try the restaurant at the park, Savor. The Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Garden are just across the street!

Mockingbird Station

This area, within walking distance of the Magnolia Hotel (.4 mi.), has great shopping, restaurants and a movie theater. The Angelika Film Center and Café is a wonderful place to catch the latest movies, and see some films you might not get in your hometown.


Northpark Center Mall

This is an upscale mall anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s. Spend the day and shop ‘til you drop!


City of Dallas

There are many wonderful attractions to visit while you in Dallas and there are multiple ways to get there. There are art, science and history museums plus the Dallas World Aquarium and the Dallas Arboretum. With a little more windshield time (24 mi.), take a tour of the House That Jerry Built - AT&T Stadium - home of the Dallas Cowboys. It is an amazing structure. ie. Find out how much dirt they excavated for the stadium…and what they did with that dirt!

See all the choices for attractions and transportation at this link. There will also be maps and information at the CAF registration area when you check in for the conference.


There are also two casinos in Oklahoma, less than 1 ½ hour drive time from the hotel. Choctaw Casino Resort and Winstar Casino Resort.



















The National WWII Museum Announces WWII AirPower Expo 2016

The National WWII Museum, Commemorative Air Force (CAF) and Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation are proud to present WWII AirPower Expo 2016 – a celebration of historic 1940s warbirds and the American aviators who flew them. Taking place at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, the three-day air show will offer thrilling aerial demonstrations, up-close aircraft tours, authentic WWII-era entertainment, hands-on activities and an opportunity to meet some of the men and women who helped win World War II. Visitors will also have the option to purchase tickets for a memorable ride aboard some of the majestic aircraft.

From November 4 through 6, visitors will enjoy access to a fleet of vintage WWII aircraft, including the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders, a P-51D Mustang Gunfighter and a group of P-40 Warhawks painted in their iconic shark-mouth motif. During World War II, the P-40 Warhawk was most popularly used by The Flying Tigers, a storied group of US volunteers known for daring dive maneuvers, innovative communication and intelligence methods, a high level of success, and the strategic savvy of its commander Claire Chennault, whose early life was spent in Louisiana.

This year’s AirPower Expo, the third Museum-sponsored air show, will give visitors special access to the cockpits of the awe-inspiring WWII-era planes – and allow them to experience the sights, sounds and thrills of the aircraft in flight.

“We’ve added a new feature to the 2016 Expo called ‘Warbirds in Review’ in which select aircraft are spotlighted during on-the-hour historical presentations followed by demonstration flights,” explains Stephen Watson, executive vice president and COO of The National WWII Museum. “Up to four P-40 Warhawk aircraft will star in a daily 2:00 p.m. showcase session and FIFI will showcase daily at 11:00 a.m. We’ll also showcase a B-25 Mitchell bomber, F4U Corsair and P-51D Mustang throughout the weekend.”

vip viewing

To commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, daily showcases will also feature three Japanese replica aircraft from the CAF Tora Squadron – the Tora Val, Tora Kate and Tora Zero. These aircraft tell the story of the infamous surprise attack which plunged America into World War II and awakened the nation’s industrial might. The three aircraft will perform a breathtaking formation flight daily at noon in which air show attendees, as well as local residents, will be able to track the planes by the epic smoke trail generated over the city of New Orleans.

Additional activities throughout the weekend include cockpit tours, expanded reenactor camps, hands-on history exhibits, veteran meet-and-greets, vehicle showcases and maneuvers, and performances by the Museum’s Victory Belles – a 1940s-style singing trio. The new-this-year WWII-themed Boot Camp obstacle course will take hands-on history to a new level, as adults and kids alike will be able to test themselves on the fitness regimen that prepared our soldiers for victory, including the climbing of cargo nets, ropes and monkey bars.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s signature traveling exhibit “Rise Above” will also return to the Expo. The educational experience includes a film about the Tuskegee Airmen and the obstacles they overcame as they trained and fought as the first African American fighter pilots.

Additional vintage military aircraft to be featured at the Expo include a C-45 Expeditor, a TBM Avenger, a T-6 Texan and many more*. Guests can also view ground vehicles from the Museum’s diverse collection, including a 1943 GMC CCKW 2 1/2-Ton Truck, the M2 High Speed Tractor, a Dodge WC-54 Ambulance and a M3 Stuart Light Tank.

Tuskegee Airmen and T 1A Jayhawk Mach Point One Photography

All-access passes and general admission tickets can be purchased in advance through the AirPower Expo website (www.ww2airpowerexpo.org) or by phone (504) 528-1944. General admission tickets will also be available at the entry gate each day. School groups and members of the military enjoy free admission on Friday, November 4. School groups must register with Shelbie Johnson at shelbie.johnson@nationalww2museum.org.

Rides on WWII aircraft will be sold on-site at the AirPower Expo. To purchase advance tickets, or to speak with a ride coordinator, visit www.airpowersquadron.org.

View the complete WWII AirPower Expo 2016 schedule, and the complete list of attending aircraft below.


The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition and by taking the airplanes to the people, allowing them to experience the sights and sounds of the aircraft in flight.

Collecting, restoring and flying historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to honoring American military aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A nonprofit educational association, the CAF has more than 12,000 members and a fleet of over 160 airplanes distributed throughout the country to units located in 24 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

Organized in August 1988, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (GNOSF) is a non-profit 501(c) (4) organization whose mission is to attract and manage sporting events that have a positive economic impact on the Greater New Orleans area. Throughout its 28-year history, the GNOSF has hosted hundreds of events and turned a $28 million public investment in major events, into a $2 billion economic impact for the State of Louisiana and the Greater New Orleans area.


The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that future generations will know the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org.


WWII AirPower Expo 2016


New Orleans Lakefront Airport

Friday, November 4, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


·         Warbirds in Review showcases begin at 10:00 a.m.

·         Exclusive photography access from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (all-access pass required)

·         Behind-the-scenes pilots’ briefing from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. (all-access pass required)

·         Private tour of B-29 Superfortress FIFI from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (all-access pass required)

·         CAF cockpit tours

·         CAF Ride Flights (additional ticket required)

·         WWII veteran interviews throughout the day in the Wedell Hangar

·         Performances by the Victory Belles in the Wedell Hangar

·         Hands-on Activity Area in the Wedell Hangar

·         Souvenir shop in the Wedell Hangar

·         “Rise Above” Traveling Exhibit

·         Boot Camp

·         WWII ground vehicles and artifacts in the Bivouac Area

·         Hands-on history exhibits in the Bivouac Area

·         Reenactor camps in the Bivouac Area

·         Crafts and educational activities in the Bivouac Area

·         Food-and-beverage concessions by Messina's


Lineup subject to change without notice              

·         P-40 Warhawk

·         B-29 Superfortress

·         B-17 Flying Fortress

·         P-51D Mustang

·         B-25 Mitchell

·         C-45 Expeditor

·         Nakajima B5N (Tora Kate)

·         Aichi D3A (Tora Val)

·         Mitsubishi A6M (Tora Zero)

·         PT-13 Stearman

·         T-6 Texan

·         TBM Avenger

·         PT-19 Cornell

·         F4U Corsair

·         P-63 Kingcobra

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