Welcome to Commemorative Airforce UK. Flying Aviation Museum

Welcome to Commemorative Airforce UK. Flying Aviation Museum

Welcome to Commemorative Airforce UK. Flying Aviation MuseumWelcome to Commemorative Airforce UK. Flying Aviation MuseumWelcome to Commemorative Airforce UK. Flying Aviation Museum

About Us

"Diamond Lil" B24 Liberator and "FiFi"- Commemorative Airforce.

Established in 1957

Established in 1957

Established in 1957


It began with a single plane.

Lloyd Nolen and a small group of ex-service pilots from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas pooled their money to purchase a P-51 Mustang in 1957. They formed a loosely defined organization to share the pleasure and expense of maintaining the Mustang.

A short while later, the group added a pair of F8F Bearcats to the P-51 Mustang. At this point, the mission of the CAF became clear: save an example of every aircraft that flew during World War II ~ a mission no one else was undertaking.

What started as a hobby became an urgent mission to preserve history.

Commemorative Airforce UK is the UK branch, of the  US based Commemorative Airforce.

Who are we

Established in 1957

Established in 1957

Commemorative Air Force UK, is the UK branch of the Commemorative Air Force. The Worlds largest flying Museum, dedicated to the preservation of Historic Warbirds., Headquarters in Dallas Texas. 

Commemorative Air Force UK members are active supporters of the main CAF mission, assisting with fundraising and promotion of the CAF across the UK.

 The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is a 501 (c) 3 Texas non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. The organization's headquarters offices are based in Dallas, Texas, at Dallas Executive Airport. At this time the organization has more than 11,000 members and has a fleet of more than 175 World War II aircraft. CAF United Kingdom is a UK based branch of the Worldwide CAF organisation. 

Commemorative Airforce Planes


Established in 1957



The CAF was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations .

More than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, the CAF's fleet of historic aircraft, known as the CAF Ghost Squadron, recreate, remind and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history.

Latest News



Because you are among our most valued friends and supporters, Commemorative Air Force (CAF) wants to assure you that during these challenging times and amid mounting concern about the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and well-being of our local, regional, national and international community remain our highest priority.

As with most things in the world today, our aircraft museums, aviation events, and educational programs are significantly impacted.

Many of our volunteers are in higher risk groups. For that reason, I’ve asked Commemorative Air Force (CAF) leadership to exercise caution, good hygiene and stay informed. In our organization each unit location and situation are different. So, there is no CAF-wide edict to have/or cancel events. Thus far, every choice and decision made at the local levels has been, in my opinion, conservative, appropriate and tailored to their needs and situation.

We are using this same approach at the National CAF Headquarters. Currently, we continue to operate as normal, but do have procedures and systems in place should that need to change. We are working with units and other entities to review public gatherings and events that are scheduled through 2020. We will work with everyone to review the future of events and will help coordinate, as needed, to communicate plans to our sponsors and guests.

For those who were planning to see our aircraft at an airshow, or have purchased rides on one of our aircraft, please contact the group that is operating the aircraft for additional information. Please, feel free to contact the National Headquarters should you need support, have any questions or concerns.


Hank Coates Commemorative Air Force President

Hank Coates-  President CAF

Hank Coates-  President CAF

If These Planes Could Talk

Check out this great video telling the story and mission of the CAF. The worlds largest Warbird flying aviation museum.

Sounds of the Commemorative Airforce

The Sounds of the CAF- What a inspirational voluntary organisation dedicated to Educate, Honour and Inspire through the achievements and stories of the WW2 Greatest Generation.

Wings Over Dallas Review

Get Close to the action with the CAF.  A look back at Wings Over Dallas 2019- The USA Premiere WW2 airshow.

CAF Overview

Overview of the CAF 

WW2 Flyover- to commemorate anniversary of the end of WW2

CAF will be participating along with other warbird organisations and operators in this historic event to honour the men and women of the greatest generation. Check Out . www.ww2flyover.org


Given the increasing concerns and directives related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Arsenal of Democracy (AOD) Executive Planning Committee has rescheduled the AOD Victory Gala and Flyover commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II to September 24th-25th.

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Commemorative Airforce UK

Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom


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