The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will host its annual “12 Planes of Christmas” online giving campaign this December. Designed to support the aircraft of the CAF, the world’s largest flying museum. This event highlights the efforts of the organization and its volunteer members, who restore and preserve its fleet of over 170 World War II aircraft. Individuals can learn about the CAF fleet at www.SupportCAF.org to identify aircraft to that spark their interest – and make a donation to aid one or more specific aircraft. Many often honor others by donating in their name as a tribute. 100% of the donation goes to the selected aircraft.
Each year 12 aircraft of the fleet are selected to be featured during the “12 Planes of Christmas” campaign, each with different historical significance and in various stages of restoration; some need support to become airworthy again. The aircraft featured this year are: P-40 Warhawk, C-53 Skytrooper, FG-1D Corsair, PT-17 Stearman, Stinson 10A, AT-11 Kansan, L-17 Navion, A-26 Invader, PT-19 Cornell, N3N, PBY Catalina, and BT-13 Valiant. Many other CAF aircraft are also included in the campaign.
Donations can be made at www.SupportCAF.org to these individual aircraft projects or other aircraft in the fleet. Donations can also be directed to the Restoration Grant Fund, a fund that has helped more than twenty aircraft in need of restoration return to flight. As donations to the Restoration Fund are matched, the value of each donation doubles in value.
“Flying aircraft are essential to the mission of the CAF; we are first and foremost a flying museum. Because our aircraft fly, people are more excited and engaged to learn about the history of these aircraft. 12 Planes of Christmas has become a very important program for the CAF. It significantly helps to preserve these aircraft, which serve as reminders of the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation. Our organization depends on donations and support from individuals who can appreciate the value of these historic icons and want to help keep ‘em flying,” said CAF President/CEO Bob Stenevik.
The campaign and website www.SupportCAF.org launch #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28, and run through December 31, 2017.