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 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 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.
Check out this great video telling the story and mission of the CAF. The worlds largest Warbird flying aviation museum.
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.
Overview of the CAF from 2017