PRESS RELEASE- Midland, Texas November 22, 2013 – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced today that the election regarding the 2013 proposed amendment to the bylaws has concluded with a 75.10% vote in favor of the proposed amendment. The membership vote for approval of the bylaw amendment clears the path for the CAF Board of Directors to build a CAF National Airbase that will become the organization’s headquarters.
The CAF constitution and bylaws require an approval of three-quarters of the voting membership in order to make the change. “With this amendment change the CAF Board of Directors can now narrow its selection and negotiate with the potential locations that provide the best site for the future CAF National Airbase” said Stephan C. Brown President/CEO of the Commemorative Air Force.
The 2013 Proposed Amendment to the Commemorative Air Force Bylaws – reads:
Article III – Table of Organization
1. During the period between October 1, 2013, and October 1, 2014, the Headquarters of the Commemorative Air Force shall be determined and designated by a vote of the General Staff requiring the approval by nine (9) of its eleven (11) members (or by an equivalent percentage thereof). Such location shall be a city which best supports and promotes the aims and purposes of the Commemorative Air Force, the education of the public, the heritage of military aviation, and the preservation of the aircraft and artifacts entrusted to its care.
Any future Headquarters site selection subsequent to that described in the preceding paragraph shall be determined by a vote of:
(a) nine (9) of eleven (11) members of the General Staff (or by an equivalent percentage thereof); and
(b) three-fourths (3/4) of the General Membership who vote in a referendum called by the General Staff for that purpose, voting to be as prescribed in ARTICLE IV of these Bylaws.
CAF ADD ONE
November 21, 2013
Currently, there are six finalist sites, all located within the state of Texas:
(alphabetical by airport):
Alliance Airport, Fort Worth, Texas
Collin County Airport, McKinney, Texas (Dallas Metropolitan)
Dallas Executive Airport, Dallas, Texas
Ellington Field Airport, Houston, Texas
Lackland/Kelly Airport, San Antonio, Texas
North Texas Regional Airport, Sherman/Dennison, Texas (Dallas Metropolitan)
It is expected that the CAF Board of Directors will narrow the list of potential locations sometime this December and hope to make the final selection within the first or second quarter of 2014.
“The public impact of the Commemorative Air Force, the CAF Airpower Museum and CAF AIRSHO will continue to operate in Midland/Odessa in the same manner it has for the past 22 years,” concluded Brown.
In 1957, a small group of ex-service pilots pooled their money to purchase a P-51 Mustang, beginning what is now called the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). With the addition of a pair of F8F Bearcats, the CAF became the founders of the Warbird Movement, an effort to preserve and honor our military history with the rallying cry to “Keep ‘Em Flying!” Now, more than 55 years later, the CAF is the premier Warbird organization, operating 162 vintage aircraft in Honor of American Military Aviation. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 10,000 members and its fleet of historic aircraft is distributed to 83 units located in 25 states for care and operation. For more information, visit http://www.commemorativeairforce.org or call (432) 563-1000.