DALLAS – Sept. 9, 2014 –The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will showcase an elite collection of World War II aircraft during their CAF WWII Air Expo at Dallas Executive Airport October 3 – 5, 2014. Four of the most popular bombers from that era will be on the ramp including FIFI, the World’s only flying B-29 Superfortress. Other attending bombers include the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and B-25 Mitchell. Vintage military fighters present will include a P-40 Warhawk and two P-51 Mustangs. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the bomber cockpits, visit educational displays and even purchase rides on many of the airplanes.
“Our team organized the WWII Air Expo as a way to thank residents for welcoming the CAF to North Texas,” said Stephan Brown, president and CEO of the Commemorative Air Force. “We’ll fill the Dallas sky with the largest fleet of World War II bombers and fighters in North Texas since the 1940s. It promises to be an unforgettable event that families, history aficionados and aviation enthusiasts will cherish for many years to come.”
The CAF WWII Air Expo takes flight Friday, October 3, and continues until Sunday, October 5, with three full days of historical programs and exhibits. Guests can visit the CAF Rise Above exhibit; a 160 degree panoramic theater where visitors watch a video highlighting the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen. Veterans will also be on site to share their personal stories about their experiences during the war.
Visitors can ride on ten of the historic aircraft, including FIFI, during the three-day event. Ride reservations can be made in advance online atwww.AirPowerExpo.org or at the event.
Aircraft attending the CAF WWII Air Expo include:
- B-29 Superfortress FIFI*
- L-19 Bird Dog
- B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders*
- C-45 Expeditor Bucket of Bolts*
- B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil*
- T-6 Texan Farmer’s Daughter
- B-25 Mitchell Yellow Rose*
- PT-13 Stearman*
- SB2C Helldiver*
- T-28 Trojan
- P-51 Mustang Gunfighter*
- P-40 Warhawk
- P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Airmen*
- A-26 Invader
- Japanese Zero Replica
- R4D Ready for Duty*
*Available for rides
The B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, one of the rarest bombers in the world, along with the historic P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen will make Dallas their new home. The CAF announced Dallas Executive Airport as the new location for their national headquarters in April of this year. They plan to build a world-class aviation attraction. The World War II Air Expo, hosted by the CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron, offers Dallas residents their first opportunity to learn more about the organization.
The event will be held at Dallas Executive Airport, located at 5303 Challenger Drive in Dallas. Admission to the Expo is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 17. Children age 5 and under are free. Admission tickets can be purchased at the gate. Tickets for airplane rides may be purchased at the event oronline. Parking is free.
About the Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; often taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.
For more than half a century the Commemorative Air Force has collected, restored and operated the world’s largest flying collection of historic military aircraft. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 12,000 members and a fleet of over 162 airplanes distributed throughout the country to units located in 26 states for care and operation.
For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.