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Welcome to the Commemorative Air Force Blogs. A great way to stay informed about what is going on with the CAF.

Operations blog covers topics for crew including flight operations, safety maintenance and more. Check in often for updates to regulations, safety bulletins and general good common sense reminders.

New Aircraft Up for Assignment

New Aircraft Up for Assignment

Hello Everyone,

I'm excited to announce that we have listed some new aircraft that are available to Units for Assignment.  Please visit the CAF Operations website for details.  If you are interested please contact Jim Lasche or Buddy Cooksey for more details.  If your Unit is intersted please reply to Jim or Buddy and let them know.  Deadlines for assignment requests are generally within 60 days of being released.  All aircraft assignments are approved by the American AirPower Heritage Flying Museum Board after being vetted by the CAF HQ Staff.  

Aircraft Available:

Stearman N2S - Great flying airplane recently donated

T-6/SNJ Restoration Project - 80% of the fuselage.  Needs an engine and prop.

PQ-14 Drone - Single seat WWII drone aircraft

S-4 Sikorsky Hover Fly - Bring us your proposal, Flying or Static

Stinson S-105 - This aircraft is still looking for a good home

Traveling Exhibit Trailer - Still Available for Assignment


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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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12 Planes of Christmas – It’s time to submit your airplanes!

12 Planes of Christmas – It’s time to submit your airplanes!

As we approach the end-of-year giving season it is time once again to choose the CAF’s 12 Planes of Christmas. Selected from across the nation 12 projects will be highlighted, offering donors a glimpse of the organization’s best projects. If you are working on a project and want to see it featured, now is your chance to submit it for consideration as one of the 12 Planes of Christmas.

Click here:

to fill out your application for review by the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum Board – the deadline is just around the corner!

Last year cumulatively our aircraft raised more than $150,000 spearheaded by the efforts of the 12 airplanes selected to emphasize our Keep ‘Em Flying spirit. From unit to unit, success stories abound like Lake Superior 101 Squadron, who raised more than $11,000 for their PBY restoration exceeding their goal and the Dixie Wing who were able to gather over $16,000 towards the restoration of the CAF’s only Corsair!

Campaigning aircraft for 30 days during the holidays is certainly hard work, but 12 Planes of Christmas represents the best annual opportunity for units to crowd-fund their projects, restorations and maintenance efforts. 

What are you waiting for?

Submit your aircraft today!

Additional questions about aircraft eligibility and participation should be directed to Alan Brooks, Chairman of the AAHFM Board, at

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Register Now for ICAS 2017

Register Now for ICAS 2017

Hello Everyone,

Its never too early to start thinking about ICAS 2017.  The dates are December 3-6, 2017. Registration pricing is set to increase on September 1st, so get your tickets quickly. ICAS is a great way for CAF Units to rub shoulders with event organizers and airshow professionals. This year the convention will be held in Las Vegas Nevada at the Paris hotel and Convention Center.

During the convention, CAF works to combine and leverage our presence and co-locate our booths and members together. If you’re interested in attending, please register with the instructions below. If you’re interested in booth space please contact Julie Buss below.  

Instructions for Registration are below (Utilizing a Generic Login). Personal logins are available through ICAS directly, but please feel free to use the info below as well.

Step #1: Please go to the website

Step #2: Click on member log-in in upper right corner

Step #3: Please use the Username: Julie The Password is: caficas

Step #4: Please click on ‘convention’ and then ‘register’.

Step #5: If you have attended ICAS in previous years you should see your name on the list. If you do not see your name you can either email Julie Buss at or call 214-330-1700 ext. 130. You can also contact ICAS directly and have your name added by calling 703-779-8510.

Booth Space: If you are looking to secure booth space for a CAF unit please contact Julie Buss at or 214-330-1700 Ext. 130.  


See you all in Las Vegas,

David Oliver

V.P. of Operations, & Maintenance

Commemorative Air Force

Cell: 630-853-9624

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Emergency Action Item for C-45 Drag Link Bolts

Emergency Action Item for C-45 Drag Link Bolts

1.  Affected Models:

All Beech 18 and C-45 aircraft:

2.  Summary:

The C-45 and Beech 18 aircraft utilize a drag shock strut assembly which rides on a slide tube for retraction and extension.  The lateral forward and aft movement of the gear trunnion is supported by this drag strut.  Different models of the drag strut are in use but all incorporate an upper and lower bolt assembly.  These bolts are subjected to high shear loads during takeoff and landing and Emergency Gear Exentsion. 

3.  Findings:

During a routine flight the aircraft never received an up light gear indication.  It was discovered that the upper drag link bolt had completely sheared.  The head and tail of the bolt had separated and were working loose from the bolt hole.

4.  Required Inspection:

Prior to next flight jack the aircraft and remove the upper drag link bolts on both the left and right landing gear.  Use die penetrant inspection on the bolts to Inspect for wear, cracks, and damage or replace the bolts with new old stock.  Report any damaged bolts to the CAF Director of Operations.

5.  Special Flight Authorization:

Authorization to fly the aircraft to a location for maintenance can be approved by contacting the CAF Vice President of Operations and Maintenance.  David Oliver: cell: 630-853-9624

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