|Commemorative Air Force|
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.
|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.
|Chris looks at a display about Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders|
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
|The nose of "That's All Brother Jr.", the lead plane for D-Day|
|Cockpit of "That's All Brother Jr", a C-47|
|Chris checks out the info on the WASPS. |
Some were trained at San Marcos
|I'm glad I don't lug these cameras around!|
|Some items about Japan during WWII|
|WWII German memorabilia|
|Checking out one of Sarge's kinfolk|
|How airplanes used to get their gas deivered|
|North American T-6 Red Tail|