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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WING - THE CAF NEWS & EVENTS


For information on all our Wing's events, contact our Public Information Officers - Pat Brown at (805) 479-2221, or Mike Greywitt at (805) 908-1548


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MUSEUM / GIFT SHOP NEWS

If you haven't yet seen our WWII Aviation Museum, please come on in and see us.
Our entrance is at the left rear of the east hangar. Park in our spacious parking lot and follow the signs.
As usual, we're open every day excepting Mondays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Always new aviation-related items for sale in our Museum Gift Shop.

WING'S LIBRARY IS LOCATED IN THE MUSEUM HANGAR

Our Museum Library is available for those who would like to do research in the aviation field, with emphasis on World War II aviation.
It is on the east end of the Museum Hangar.
The library includes books, manuals, magazines, videos and photos
We are most fortunate to have such a wonderful collection of aviation publications (thanks to many generous donors).
Visit the library and see some of the exhibits that are currently on display.

DIRECTORY TO WEBSITE SECTIONS


AIRCRAFT INVENTORY

SO. CA. CAF FACILITIES

SO. CA. CAF MAPS

WHAT IS THE CAF?

SO. CA. WING'S C-46 "CHINA DOLL"

HOW TO JOIN THE CAF

FEES AND CONTRIBU
TIONS TO THE CAF ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE

THE CAF OBJECTIVES

UPLIFT

SO. CA. WING NEWS & EVENTS

WING STAFF

FEATURED LINKS

CAF CADETS

CONTACT US

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WING STAFF


Wing Leader:
Col. Steve Barber
Exec. Officer:
Col. Don Missildine
Oper. Officer:
Col. Jason Somes
Maint Officer:
Col. Ken Gottschall
Adjutant:
Col. Janet Rizzoli
Finance Officer:
Col. Paul Willett
Safety Officer:
Vacant
Dep Fin Mgr:
Col. Casey de Bree
Airshow Officer:
Col. Jason Somes
Chf Docent:
Vacant
Collect Mgr:
Vacant
Facil Officer:
Col. Dick Troy
Events Mgr:
Col. La Tanya Barber
Historian:
Col. Ron Fleishman
Museum Mgr:
Col. John Knopp
PX Mgr.:
Col. Janet Rizzoli
Editor, FL:
Col. Dave Flood
Prod Mgr, FL:
Col. Casey de Bree
Personnel:
Col. Shirley Murphy
Pub Inform:
Col. Pat Brown
Pub Inform Officer:
Col. Mike Greywitt
Train Officer:
Col. Joe Peppito
Webmaster:
Col. Craig Bennett
Friends:
Col. Ceci Stratford
Librarian:
Col. Jim Hinkelman
Displays:
Col. Charles Carr, Jr.
Purchasing:
Col. Gene O'Neal

Featured Links


COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE

CAF AMERICAN AIRPOWER HERITAGE MUSEUM

ROCKY MOUNTAIN WING - CAF

CAF MEMBERS' PAGE

CALIFORNIA AVIATION MUSEUMS

AEROFILES

CAF MUSEUM - ARIZONA WING

NAS PT. MUGU

U.S. CARRIER AIRWINGS

146TH AIRLIFT WING - AIR NATIONAL

ON-LINE BLACKBIRD MUSEUM

CHINA LAKE MUSEUM

AIR FORCES - WORLD

AVIATION LINKS

FAA

NOAA

U.S. AIR FORCE MUSEUM

NATIONAL MUSEUM-NAVAL AVIATION

NTSB

MUSEUM OF FLYING

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE

PLANES OF FAME MUSEUM

PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM

C-46 CHAT ROOM

AIRLINERS OF AMERICA

CAMARILLO AIRPORT WEBSITE

P-51 HUNTRESS III

SQUADRON VP-65, PT. MUGU

THE SILENT WARRIORS

CAF - GOLDEN GATE WING

MINTER FIELD AIR MUSEUM

B-25 VINTAGE PLANES LOCATOR PAGE

AV WEB

WASPS - WWII

AIR AND SPACE MAGAZINE

GOLETA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

THE AERONUT

AIRSHOW PICS

AIKENS AIRPLANES

TVR AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY

GHOSTS - PHIL MAKANNA

WARBIRD ALLEY

VAN GILDER AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY

SIMI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

WARBIRD INFORMATION EXCHANGE

TAILHOOK ASSOCIATION (USN)

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM

AERO VINTAGE B-25 PAGE

T33 HERITAGE FOUNDATION

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Our Aviation Museum will be open on Monday, March 26, 2014 in recognition of Memorial Day. We have several fly-over flights scheduled for our fighters that day, so visitors will get to see the planes flying and up close on the ramp. Come on out and enjoy the day with us, and help us honor all those who have served in our country's military service.

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The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Dive Team has been scouring the bottom of the ocean off Oceano Beach
for a month and a half now, using sonar equipment, and have found the fuselage and a wing
of the Morrissey-Shinn 2150 aircraft - but have found no bodies.
They are continuing their search and are determined to help the families of
Dave Casey and Alan Gaynor find some closure to this tragedy.
Our prayers are with the Dive Team as they continue their dedicated search.

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This is what the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) stands for. "We Remember!"


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OUR LOCATION:

CAF - SO CAL WING AVIATION MUSEUM
455 AVIATION DRIVE
CAMARILLO AIRPORT
CAMARILLO, CA 93010

PHONE NO: (805) 482-0064

TIMES OF OPERATION:

10:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.
EVERY DAY EXCEPT MONDAY
TUES., THURS., SAT. ARE WORK DAYS
AIRCRAFT BEING MAINTAINED & FLOWN ON THESE DAYS.


MAP WITH DIRECTIONS:

From Hwy 101 - Exit at Las Posas

Go south on Las Posas to Pleasant Valley Road

Take right onto Pleasant Valley

Go to second light - Eubanks - take right

Go to end of Eubanks (about 2/10 mile)

You'll see our hangars just to left of Eubanks

Look for the large 4-bladed propeller on the side of our Aviation Museum Hangar

Park in parking lot and enter Museum at left end of first hangar.

If you should get lost, call 805-482-0064 and we'll get you back on track to our Aviation Museum !



U.S. Air Force Fighter
North American P-51D Mustang
"Man O' War"
Ser. #44-72739 / N 44727


OUR CAF MISSION:

TO HONOR AMERICAN MILITARY AVIATION THROUGH
FLIGHT, EXHIBITION, REMEMBRANCE
AND TO EDUCATE THE YOUNG TO REALIZE AND RESPECT
THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT
AND PERSONNEL TO SECURING OUR FREEDOMS.

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Check out our March, 2014 "Flight Line" - (Windows 8: access through your "Downloads" File

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Be sure to visit our official CAF-SoCAWing website


Wing Staff Officers

Wing Leader.....Steve Barber, Sr.

Executive Officer.....Ron Missildine

Adjutant.....Janet Rizzoli

Finance Officer.....Paul Willett

Maintenance Officer.....Ken Gottschall

Operations Officer.....Jason Somes

Safety Officer.....Gene O'Neal.

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The next scheduled Wing Staff Meeting will be on Saturday, May 17, 2014
in the "O Club" - CAF Aviation Museum Hangar, at 9:30 a.m.

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The following four pages of CAF So Cal Wing's Calendar has been made up by Mike Greywitt of our Public Information Officer Team: (Windows 8: click on and go to your "Downloads" file to access)


CAF SO CAL WING CALENDAR - MARCH, 2014

CAF SO CAL WING CALENDAR - MAR/APR, 2014

CAF SO CAL WING CALENDAR - APR - JUNE, 2014

CAF SO CAL WING CALENDAR - JUNE - SEPT, 2014


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See the only flyable B-29 Superfortress in the world, the CAF's FIFI,
fly at Long Beach, CA on Veterans' Day, 2010

Wing member Merrill Wien's Retirement Flight Over Seattle in the CAF's B-29 "Fifi"

Terrific Photos of Planes of U.S. Naval Aviation Museum - Pensacola, FL

The Bearcats Fly With The Blue Angels


U.S. Naval Aviation Centennial - 2011: Aircraft Operations Aboard U.S.S. Stennis



Photo by Eric Van Gilder
North American SNJ-5 Texan 2-Seat Trainer

 
WHAT IS THE CAF? 

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is an all-volunteer organization, with members from all walks of life, dedicated to preserving the history of WWII aircraft for generations to come. The CAF is a non-profit, 501(c)3 privately funded and totally self-supporting organization.

Our CAF aircraft fly !! Each year more Americans see them, touch their metal, smell their exhaust smoke, and listen to the ROAR of their piston engines than visit static displays of all other aviation museums combined!

The CAF aircraft throughout the U.S. perform before nearly 10,000,000 spectators every year, recalling the hard-won victories of Americans and other freedom-loving people around the world during the years between 1939 and 1945.

The Southern California Wing, CAF was formed in March, 1981, and now has 350+ members. It has been a struggle against time, red tape and indifferent government policies, but our volunteers find their participation very rewarding, satisfying, and a lot of fun!

The Wing holds an Open House during most summer holiday weekends. Fund raisers and social events are held during the year as well.

The Wing is actively involved in air shows - primarily in the Western United States. A schedule of shows in which we will be participating is included on the page entitled "Wing's Air Show Page" (access in the left column).

For more information concerning visits to our hangar; general meetings; or air shows - please call the number shown at the bottom of this page, or contact us via e-mail by typing in a message, your name, and e-mail address in the spaces provided. Many thanks!

 
HOW TO JOIN THE CAF


YOU can become a part of history by joining us in The CAF - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WING! You don't need pilot's wings, military service, or mechanical ability to join and take part in this important historical service organization. All you need is a love for these magnificent aircraft and what they meant for millions of people during World War II. They meant FREEDOM!
There are currently over 10,950 men and women members of The CAF - in 30 nations, including units in France, England, Australia, Switzerland, and New Zealand.
The only requirement for membership in The CAF is a sincere interest in the preservation of WWII aircraft and a minimum age of 18. There is also a Cadet Program for young men and women aged 13 through 23.
The annual dues are:
Annual Dues - Colonel (CAF)..........$200.00

Annual Dues - CAF Supporting Member...$75.00

Annual Dues (So.Ca.Wing).. $50.00

Cadet Annual Dues............. $45.00

When you join, you become a Colonel in The CAF, So. Ca. Wing. You are entitled to participate fully in the restoration work and all other activities of the Wing. You receive the Wing's newsletter, "Flight Line", plus he CAF online color magazine "Dispatch" quarterly.

You also become a part of a cadre of men and women who think, as you do, that, in the words of Winston Churchill, "Never in the history of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few" (speaking, of course, of the brave pilots of the RAF who were primarily instrumental in turning back the German Luftwaffe in the famous Battle of Britain). You will find a tremendous amount of pride in what we do. It can't help but rub off.

You may join by:
(1)SO. CA. WING
Downloading the two-page So. CA Wing application form (see download "click-on" entries below); filling it out on your computer; printing it; and sending it, along with a check for $50.00 to:

Col. Shirley Murphy, Personnel Officer
Commemorative Air Force
Southern California Wing
455 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010

(2)NATIONAL CAF
Click on the CAF Website address below.
Follow directions on the page to fill in the form and submit your application and payment via credit card number.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call Col. Murphy @ (805)504-6744.

Download The So. CA Wing Application Form Page One

Download The So. CA Wing Application Form Page Two

CAF National Colonel Application Form

Come on down! We'd love to have you join us!

To reach Col. Swagler by e-mail, please click on: pswagler@hotmail.com

FEES AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CAF ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE

According to the U.S. Treasury Department as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code:

"Charitable contributions made to the Commemorative Air Force by donors as provided in Section 170 of the Code. Bequests, legacies, devices, transfers or gifts to or for use by the Commemorative Air Force are deductible for federal estate and gift tax purposes under the provisions of Sections 2055, 2106 and 2522 of the Tax Code."

This means that your membership fee and any other donations you might make to The CAF are deductible from your federal income tax.

So. CA. Wing's Grumman F8F-2 "Bearcat" Navy Fighter, flown by one of our many volunteer pilots.

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THE CAF OBJECTIVES

The purposes for which the Commemorative Air Force is organized are patriotic, educational, and civic, and shall be:

1. To acquire, restore, and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.

2. To construct or obtain museum buildings for the permanent protection, maintenance, and display of these historic aircraft, period artifacts, and documents as a tribute to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced, and flew them and to build and organize the "Combat Airman Hall of Fame."

3. To perpetuate the spirit in which such combat aircraft were flown in the defense of our nation, in the memory and hearts of all Americans.

4. To establish an organization having the dedication, enthusiasm and Esprit de Corps necessary to operate, maintain and preserve these aircraft as symbols of our American Military Aviation Heritage.

5. To receive gifts, legacies, and grants of money and property of every kind and to administer the same for the purposes herein stated, and to do anything necessary or proper for the accomplishment of these purposes; to lease, purchase, hold, have, use, and take possession of and enjoy fee simple or otherwise any personal property necessary for the uses and purposes of the corporations; and to sell, lease, alienate, or dispose of the same at the pleasure of the corporation and for the uses and purposes for which said corporation is formed; and to buy and sell real or personal property and to apply the proceeds of sale, including any and all income, to the uses and purposes of the corporation.

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Phil Makanna
Our Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero over Wanaka, New Zealand at the "Warbirds Over Wanaka" air show in 2010.

Please be sure to scroll to your left and view the left column of our site - with News about The CAF-So. CA. Wing events and people; a Calendar of events; and Featured Links to many other sites related to aviation.

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CAF CADETS
SO. CA. WING - THE CAF CADET PROGRAM

Our Cadet Program for young men and women from the age of thirteen through the age of twenty-three was started in the mid '90's. It was felt at that time that an infusion of "young blood" would be good for the Wing. And, oh, how that has turned out to be so right!
Our Cadet Program is open to both young men and women from age thirteen through age twenty-three. They must be enrolled full-time in school. They can be involved in docent work (guiding visitors through the museum and hangars) or in Maintenance and Restoration (or in both).


Photo by Dave Flood
Here's Cadet Jessica working on the renovation of No. American SNJ-4.

Eligible young people can pick up an application at our Museum, which is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The yearly fee for Cadets is only $45.00.
There are CAF Cadet application forms available in the museum during open hours.
We hope you'll join us!


Photo by Dave Flood
Here's Cadet Ryan giving TLC treatment to our F6F Hellcat. Cadets may help to work on our planes, or can become Docents in our WWII Aviation Museum, or might opt to do a little of both.

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UPLIFT

Copyright Keith Ferris
http://www.brooksart.com/highflt.html

HIGH FLIGHT

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.
Sunward I've climbed, and joined
The tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds
And done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of -
Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence...Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along,
And flung my eager craft
Through footless halls of air.
Up, up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights
With easy grace,
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And while, with silent lifting mind, I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand
And touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee, Jr., 1922-1941

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RCAF Pilot Officer Magee crashed his Spitfire in an English meadow in 1941, just months after penning this poem, which he had sent to his parents in the United States. He was just nineteen. He is buried in the churchyard cemetery at Scopwick, Lincolnshire.

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The following exerpt from a letter he received from John Magee's sister-in-law was graciously provided to our website by Col. Randy Sohn. Thank you so much Randy for adding to this memorable story.

Mrs. Yvonne Magee (John Magee's sister-in-law) regarding High Flight:

Subject: Re: High Flight

The handwritten original of High Flight has been given by the family to the Library of Congress. I don't think they keep it on display, but that's where it is.

The poem is displayed in a number of places -- at Avon Old Farms school, where John was a student, at the site where the Challenger astronauts are laid to rest, and we have even discovered a portion of it on a plaque at our small hometown airport here in Washington state (with no mention of who the poet is!) It's remarkable how it keeps popping up.

John's father, The Rev. John Gillespie Magee, was the interim rector at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. (the church across the street from the White House) during the war years, and was there when John was killed. John's mother especially wanted to get the poem out to other families who were losing sons in the war, to comfort them in their grief. It was published in the church bulletin, and of course, this was when the U.S. was entering the war -- it was picked up and printed in the D.C. newspapers, probably partially because the church was a prominent one, and things 'took off' from there.

My husband has followed in his father's footsteps, and is an Episcopal priest. The members of the church here in Washington enjoy High Flight, and many of them have the photocopied illuminated version in their homes. We took a cathedral tour of Britain last year, and visited John's gravesite in a tiny little town at the end of a narrow land in England -- we almost got the bus stuck getting to the graveyard. There were several bouquets of fresh flowers on his grave! We were amazed, and were told that people often come to his gravesite to leave flowers. Isn't that delightful?

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