The 12 Planes of Christmas


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The CAF Sierra Hotel Sponsor Group’s Douglas A-26 Sierra Invader in the final stages of an 18 year restoration.

PRESS RELEASE  – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is organizing the “12 Planes of Christmas,” a holiday giving campaign that enables people to support the restoration and operation of World War II aircraft. Located at SupportCAF.org from December 1, the month-long campaign will provide an opportunity to support any aircraft in the CAF’s collection of 165 planes.  In particular, it highlights a dozen restoration projects that are being undertaken by CAF volunteers around the nation:

(Culpeper, VA) A Vultee BT13 Valiant honoring the Tuskegee Airmen.
(Houston, TX) A Bell P-63 Kingcobra telling the unknown story of the “Flying Pinball Machine”.
(Princeton, NJ) An Interstate Cadet honoring aviatrix Cornelia Fort, who flew during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
(Edmond, OK) A Douglas A-26 Invader in the final stages of an 18 year restoration.
(Duluth, MN) A Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat commemorating the Battle of Midway.
(Georgetown, TX) A North American PBJ Mitchell honoring WWII Marine Corps aviation.
(Mesa, AZ) – A Douglas C-47 Skytrain with a distinguished Special Operations combat record.
(Grand Junction CO) – A Grumman TBM Avenger honoring WWII Naval Aviation.
(Camarillo, CA) –  A Curtiss C-46 Commando that flew “The Hump” in the China-Burma-India theater.
(Las Vegas, NV) – A Stinson AT-19 Reliant telling the story of the Lend-Lease program.
(Moriarty, NM) – A Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan that will fly at the same place it trained WW2 bombardiers.
(Dallas, TX) – A Consolidated B-24 Liberator, the oldest heavy bomber in the world still flying.

The CAF Lake Superior 101 Squadron's Consolidated PBY Catalina.
The CAF Lake Superior 101 Squadron’s Consolidated PBY Catalina.

“The CAF fleet is maintained by volunteer members who donate countless hours to the meticulous restoration and care of each airplane” said Stephan C. Brown, CAF President / CEO.  “To offset costs we rely on fundraising events like this, especially for complicated restorations that require larger sums of money.”The 12 Planes of Christmas campaign is being organized online at SupportCAF.org. Donors can contribute to the CAF Restoration Grant Fund or designate their contribution to a specific aircraft.

About the Commemorative Air Force


The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the world’s largest flying museum, operating a fleet of 165 vintage military aircraft for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. An educational non-profit organization founded in 1957, the CAF has more than 12,000 members and its collection of historic aircraft is distributed among 83 units located in 25 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org or call 877-767-7175.

Visit www.supportcaf.org for more information.

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