Monday, January 22, 2018

Commemorative Air Force

WWII planes inside an airplane hangar
Commemorative Air Force
Imagine pulling up to a WW II era hangar. You walk across the tarmack and go through the door.

And before you stands a collection of vintage military aircraft in flying readiness, being maintained and restored by a handful of dedicated volunteers.

That’s part of what we got to see at the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force based at the San Marcos Airport.

WW II Japanese fighter plane
One of the planes used in the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora"

How ready to fly you ask? Well, if you have the cash, they’ll arrange to take you up in one. You may have seen these historic planes at air shows. There are over 80 CAF units around the world.

We got to walk around the hanger and check out things like the North American T-6 Texan Red-Tail, a Beechcraft C-45, a replica plane used in the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora" and the nose of the lead C-47 plane from D-Day, "That's All Brother" (The rest of the plane is on it's way) We did miss seeing their B25, Yellow Rose of Texas. She was down in San Antonio for some engine work at Boeing.

Man looking at window display about WWII Doolittle Tokyo Raiders
Chris looks at a display about Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders
And the various planes aren’t the only attraction. In one section is a great little museum full of a wide variety of artifacts. Very wide. And very cool. We spend a couple hours in the museum alone. The volunteers were very helpful (and busy working on planes). They welcomed questions.

And, it’s free (donations are appreciated). And we like free (and by donation) places. They have a gift shop with some unique items, including the ability to make vintage dog tags on a WW II era dog tag machine.
Only $295 for a ride in the T-6 Texan Red-Tail

There seems to be plenty of parking but keep in mind they are currently open only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am-4 pm. And they are definitely worth the visit. And if you have the cash flow, by all means, let us know you’re your flight went 😊

You can learn more about Commemorative Air Force (CAF) at
https://www.centraltexaswing.org/
512-396-1943


Nose of an airplane
The nose of "That's All Brother Jr.", the lead plane for D-Day

airplane controls in a C-47
Cockpit of "That's All Brother Jr", a C-47

Man looking at a museum display about Women Air Service Pilots
Chris checks out the info on the WASPS.
Some were trained at San Marcos

Museum display case of WWII aerial photography equipment
I'm glad I don't lug these cameras around!

Museum display of captured Japanese WWII memorabilia
Some items about Japan during WWII
museum display of captured German Memorabilia
WWII German memorabilia 


classic WWII era Jeep
Checking out one of Sarge's kinfolk

antique flatbed truck with vintage fuel pump and gas can
How airplanes used to get their gas deivered

blue WWII airplane with red tail
North American T-6 Red Tail

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