The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announces the first CAF Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow on Oct. 28-30, 2016 at Dallas Executive Airport (DEA) presented by Frost Bank. The event will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and feature TORA! TORA! TORA!, an award winning re-creation of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The TORA team uses WWII-era aircraft and pyrotechnics to create a dynamic history lesson. In addition to this performance, dozens of other WWII-era aircraft will be exhibited on the ramp and in the air throughout the event. As part of a wider plan to establish a major new museum/attraction at DEA (formerly known as Redbird Airport), the CAF has a vision for CAF Wings Over Dallas to become the nation’s pre-eminent annual World War II themed airshow and military reenactment event. Flying demonstrations, flight line presentations, battle reenactments, veteran appearances and aircraft tours will provide hands-on opportunities for families and aviation history enthusiasts.
CAF President Stephan C. Brown said “the program will combine interactive activities that allow the public to experience the sights and sounds of a historic military airfield. The entire weekend will provide visitors with a sneak preview of how the CAF plans to preserve and teach the story of the men and women of the Greatest Generation, here in Dallas.”
“Frost Bank is proud to sponsor CAF Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow,” said Paul Koch, Dallas Region president for Frost. “CAF is a relatively new member to the Dallas community, and we support its efforts to bring a world class aviation and educational event to Dallas Executive Airport, southern Dallas and the entire north Texas region.” Tickets are on sale at www.wingsoverdallas.org with advance purchase discounts available.
Frost is the banking, investments and insurance subsidiary of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE: CFR), a financial holding company with $28.4 billion in assets at March 31, 2016. One of the 50 largest U.S. banks by asset size, Frost provides a full range of banking investments and insurance services to businesses and individuals in the Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Permian Basin, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio regions. Founded in 1868, Frost has helped Texans with their financial needs during three centuries. For more information, visit www.frostbank.com.
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has been collecting, restoring and flying World War II aircraft for more than 50 years. A non-profit educational association, the CAF is now the world’s largest flying museum with more than 12,000 members and a fleet of 165 airplanes. Nearly all the aircraft are kept in flying condition enabling people to experience first-hand the sight and sound of vintage military aircraft in flight.
CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition, education and remembrance. To further its mission the CAF produces many aviation events across the country, including the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow, which annually attracts more than ninety thousand spectators and was honored as 2015 Airshow of the Year by the International Council of Airshows.
The organization recently selected Dallas to be the location of its new headquarters and national visitor attraction, because of the city’s commitment to tourism, American history and culture. Planned to open in 2020, the new museum is expected to play a significant role in the economic and cultural revitalization of southern Dallas.
For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.