The future of the Commemorative Air Force lies in Texas, as it has for more than fifty-five years.
Midland-Odessa, TX (PRWEB) September 18, 2013
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) revealed a shortened list of potential locations for the home of the CAF National Airbase. After careful consideration, the CAF Board of Directors has narrowed the list to six locations in Texas (alphabetical by airport):
- Alliance Airport, Fort Worth
- Collin County Airport, McKinney (Dallas Metropolitan)
- Dallas Executive Airport, Dallas
- Ellington Field Airport, Houston
- Lackland/Kelly Airport, San Antonio
- North Texas Regional Airport, Sherman/Dennison, (Dallas Metropolitan)
"The future of the Commemorative Air Force lies in Texas, as it has for more than fifty-five years," said CAF President/CEO Stephan C. Brown. "Though the locations in Olathe, Kan. and Smyrna, Ten., were very appealing candidates, the CAF Board of Directors has been pleased with the interest expressed by the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio officials in being the home of the CAF National Airbase."
The narrowed list will allow the CAF Board of Directors to focus more on these specific cities and dedicate their time in working with each community to determine the best location for the future of the organization.
Brown said the CAF Board of Directors envision this new National Airbase to be the pinnacle of the organization’s 60 existing facilities currently spread over 25 states and maintained by the CAF’s 10,000 member-volunteers.
"The CAF National Airbase will house and serve as a stage to share a rotating group of the most significant military aviation assets in history," Brown concluded. We expect this Airbase to become a premier destination for the chosen host city."
After the initial proposal in June, 23 cities voiced interest in being the home of the CAF National Airbase. After careful consideration, the list was narrowed to eight cities by the Board of Directors using the CAF’s basic requirements of population, runways, weather, and airport suitability. The initial finalist list included two locations outside the state of Texas. After thorough review, the decision was made to secure a home in Texas.
"The CAF was founded in Texas and continues to have a large contingent of members here, in fact we are proud to be the ‘Official Air Force of Texas,’" said Brown. "This state has an economic climate unlike any other in the country and we have thrived here and hope to continue to do so for many years to come. For our members located outside of Texas, each of these six locations are easily traveled to and centrally located. We look forward to the next few months of negotiations to determine the home of the CAF National Airbase."
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 157 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.