Commemorative Air Force, Indiana Wing

Commemorative Air Force, Indiana Wing Members of the Commemorative Air Force preserve and fly historic military aircraft, warbirds, to educate and inspire people of all ages.
Indiana Wing Officers for 2017: Wing Leader - Bruce Cooper Executive Officer - Rick Brewer Adjutant - Greg Peterson Operations Officer - Steve Fryman Finance Officer - Jerry Long Maintenance Officer - Mark Van Zant Safety Officer - Rich Quinnette
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The Indiana Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is a flying museum that maintains and flys a 1943 Beech SNB (RC-45J) "Kansan", 1944 Fairchild PT-26 "Cornell" and a 1943 Taylorcraft L-2A "Grasshopper". The Indiana Wing is based at Metropolitan Airport (UMP), which is located off 96th St, between Allisonville and I-69 in Fishers, Indiana.

Mission: The CAF was founded 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. More than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, the CAF's fleet of historic aircraft, known as the CAF Ghost Squadron, recreate, remind and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history.

Sometimes those little 4" tubes on the cans of spray lubricant just don't cut it...  That's when you pull out the super ...
01/06/2020

Sometimes those little 4" tubes on the cans of spray lubricant just don't cut it... That's when you pull out the super sized variety!

Hitting all the lubrication points on the Beech so we can button her up, weigh her, finalize the paperwork and have her ready to fly this spring!

Great work day hosted by Jerry Long and The Warbird Training Center! Great turnout, thanks to all who came.The Big Oily ...
11/02/2019

Great work day hosted by Jerry Long and The Warbird Training Center! Great turnout, thanks to all who came.
The Big Oily Beast is so very close!

09/24/2019
Terronics Development Corporation

Terronics Development Corporation

Ed Escallon Memorial Fly In
Saturday, September 28, 2019
10am - 2pm
Location at Anderson Municipal Airport

Come join us for a celebration of life. Share stories, missing man formation. Food and drinks provided

09/17/2019
Boeing T-X Becomes T-7A Red Hawk

The USAF names the Boeing T-X the T-7A Red Hawk to honor the service and heritage of the Tuskegee Airmen. The T-7A Red Hawk replaces the T-38 Talon that has been in service for nearly 60 years. To learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen, check out the CAF's virtual museum at: www.redtail.org

The U.S. Air Force has named Boeing T-X the T-7A Red Hawk. Named and designed to honor the Tuskegee Airmen who flew the red-tailed P-51 Mustang in World War ...

Jerry Long explains how an upside down engine has a slight thirst for oil.
09/03/2019

Jerry Long explains how an upside down engine has a slight thirst for oil.

Rebuilt Oleos back on the gear, gear doors on and adjusted, gear swinging under it’s own power. Now for weight and balan...
08/25/2019

Rebuilt Oleos back on the gear, gear doors on and adjusted, gear swinging under it’s own power. Now for weight and balance. Can’t wait to hear those engines to come alive again!

A great post about WWI military aviation history right on Main St in Speedway and next door at the IMS Brickyard.
08/21/2019

A great post about WWI military aviation history right on Main St in Speedway and next door at the IMS Brickyard.

WWI Aviation Repair Depot

Air plane parts arrived at the depot by train for assembly and repair. The depot covered land from Main St, 14th St, Polco and 10th.
Repaired aircraft was pulled by horse drawn carriage to IMS where they would take off.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDL7KS2Zb-U

The Indiana Wing of the CAF and their PT-26 will be out supporting our local aviation community this Saturday.Pancake Br...
08/16/2019

The Indiana Wing of the CAF and their PT-26 will be out supporting our local aviation community this Saturday.
Pancake Breakfast with EAA Chapter 67 at Noblesville airport. 7:30 to ~ 11:30, come out and support the EAA and their Young Eagles Scholarship fund.
The the Pt-26 will then hop over to Westfield and be at Airport Appreciation Day. Have a great lunch and find out about your local airport, aircraft, flying lessons, paragliders, and lots of wonderful people!

Showing off the PT-26 at the Indy Aero Club Scholarship Picnic.Next Saturday look for the PT to be at Noblesville for th...
08/11/2019

Showing off the PT-26 at the Indy Aero Club Scholarship Picnic.
Next Saturday look for the PT to be at Noblesville for the EAA pancake breakfast, then over to Westfield for Airport Days.
Come out and have a look at this WW2 pilot trainer.

The PT-26 made it to Oshkosh just before the downpour hit!  Thanks Richard Quinnette for making the trip!
07/21/2019

The PT-26 made it to Oshkosh just before the downpour hit! Thanks Richard Quinnette for making the trip!

The PT-26 on its return flight from the Indianapolis Executive Airport Downs Syndrome / Wings Over Indy Event yesterday ...
06/23/2019

The PT-26 on its return flight from the Indianapolis Executive Airport Downs Syndrome / Wings Over Indy Event yesterday evening. A great day topped off by a beautiful evening!

06/23/2019

Billy Werth did a fantastic job today at CAF Wings Over Indy!

Billy Werth Airshows is about to fly at noon!!  Come out to Indianapolis Executive Airport for the show!
06/22/2019

Billy Werth Airshows is about to fly at noon!! Come out to Indianapolis Executive Airport for the show!

Online ticket sales for Hops N Props have ended.  However, we will be selling tickets at the door.  See you tomorrow!  D...
06/22/2019

Online ticket sales for Hops N Props have ended. However, we will be selling tickets at the door. See you tomorrow! Doors for Hops N Props open at 5 PM. www.WingsOverIndy.com

Don’t let the weather scare you. We are still planning on having all of our scheduled events tomorrow at www.wingsoverin...
06/21/2019
CAF WINGS OVER INDY

Don’t let the weather scare you. We are still planning on having all of our scheduled events tomorrow at www.wingsoverindy.com See you there!

CAF Wings Over Indy is the most anticipated midwest WWII aerial display of its kind. Featuring warbirds, rides, WWII reenactors, Kids Fly Zone, aviation speakers and more. A time to Honor, Remember, & Inspire.

Thank you Warbird Training Center for helping promote this weekend’s Wings Over Indy Event!  Look for them on WTHR.  www...
06/19/2019

Thank you Warbird Training Center for helping promote this weekend’s Wings Over Indy Event! Look for them on WTHR. www.wingsoverindy.com

(Very) Early this morning, Checkertail T-6 headed to Indy Exec to fly morning reporter Matt McCutcheon from WTHR for a promo ad for this weekend's 13th Annual Open House & Fly-In to benefit Down Syndrome, in Partnership with the CAF's Wings Over Indy. It's this Saturday, starting with a 7:30 am fly-in breakfast, main events and activities from 9 am - 3 pm, and a Hops & Props Veteran's Dinner starting at 5 pm. We will be there giving T-6 rides, and there will be a lot of ride options available. For more info, go to http://www.wingsoverindy.com/ and https://www.firstwing.com/events/13th-annual-open-house/, and keep an eye out for WTHR's promos over the next couple of days! Hope to see you there!

We are proud to announce Republic Airlines as a sponsor of this weekends CAF Wings Over Indy event!  Www.wingsoverindy.c...
06/18/2019

We are proud to announce Republic Airlines as a sponsor of this weekends CAF Wings Over Indy event! Www.wingsoverindy.com

US Army Chaplain Raymond Hall, who volunteered to parachute out of the C-47 “That’s All Brother” into Normandy, France j...
06/07/2019
On 75th anniversary of D-Day, remembering the Army's first jumping chaplain

US Army Chaplain Raymond Hall, who volunteered to parachute out of the C-47 “That’s All Brother” into Normandy, France just after midnight on D-Day. Though much older, he wanted to be with the airborne soldiers he ministered to. Such men and women are the reason the volunteers and donors of the Commemorative Air Force do what we do to Educate, Honor, and Inspire through Flight.

East Lyme — Seventy-five years ago, Raymond Hall was among the first to parachute down on France on D-Day.But the story of how Hall, an

This is going to be a fun night..
06/06/2019

This is going to be a fun night..

We are EXCITED to announce Indy Comedienne Susan Bennet as our Emcee for this year's Hops N Props evening event June 22nd. SAVE BIG by purchasing advance online tickets at http://www.wingsoverindy.com/hops-n-props.html

SUSAN BENNETT is an actress and comedienne hailing from Indianapolis. She has performed three original one-woman shows at Fringe festivals in Indy and Atlanta--I said NO in 2013, Simply Complicated in 2014, and The Juniper Tree in 2016—and many other venues across the country, from coffee shops to school auditoriums. In 2017, the feature film My Friend Dahmer hit theaters and she was quite pleased to see her role wasn’t edited out. Susan has acted in various regional commercials, lent her voice to radio, and her body to print ads.

Her grandest role by far, though, has been acting like a mom for the past 30 years raising five beautiful daughters, where her drama degree from IU came in quite handy. Now an empty-nester, Susan surrounds herself with her favorite passions—dining out, her grandchildren, dabbling in triathlons, and running after her dream to perform with renewed purpose and inspiration.

All Proceeds go to help support the Commemorative Air Force Indiana Wing and it's Mission. Thank you for your Continual Support.

A great time at Purdue University Aviation Day!  The PT-26 attracted a great crowd and we were able to share the story o...
04/14/2019

A great time at Purdue University Aviation Day! The PT-26 attracted a great crowd and we were able to share the story of WWII aviation with many.

04/13/2019

The PT-26 on its way to Purdue Aviation Day.

The Indiana Wing getting it done!!
04/07/2019

The Indiana Wing getting it done!!

CAF guys with Nathan got the strap removed from the C-45 today, so that the spar can be X-rayed for an AD compliance. It's exciting watching it all come together!

Up close and personal with that wing spar strap!Well done crew, x-ray on Wednesday!
04/06/2019

Up close and personal with that wing spar strap!
Well done crew, x-ray on Wednesday!

Six freshly overhauled cylinders for our spare Ranger engine rebuild project!  Making progress!Thanks to Harrison Engine...
03/07/2019

Six freshly overhauled cylinders for our spare Ranger engine rebuild project! Making progress!

Thanks to Harrison Engine Services in La Porte, IN, for their great work!

With a touch of magic, BOB is starting to look a lot better.All the great work underneath gets covered up and things are...
12/30/2018

With a touch of magic, BOB is starting to look a lot better.
All the great work underneath gets covered up and things are coming together!!

Warbird Training Center
12/09/2018

Warbird Training Center

Indiana Wing of the CAF's C-45, BOB, is decorated for Christmas too.

The Indiana Wing's Fairchild PT-26A Cornell on a return-to-service flight yesterday. Photos courtesy of Shelby Stricklen...
10/30/2018

The Indiana Wing's Fairchild PT-26A Cornell on a return-to-service flight yesterday. Photos courtesy of Shelby Stricklen.

Leaking oil cooler off the PT-26 and ready to go off to the shop for repair.
09/04/2018

Leaking oil cooler off the PT-26 and ready to go off to the shop for repair.

Indiana Wing CAF C-45/SNB comes to life after a few years of work by volunteers to breath new life into the WWII warbird...
09/02/2018

Indiana Wing CAF C-45/SNB comes to life after a few years of work by volunteers to breath new life into the WWII warbird the started life as an Army Air Corps AT-11 and later served as a USN photo reconnaissance trainer.

For the first time in almost two years, the C-45 nicknamed "BOB" (Big Oily Beast), belonging to the Indiana Wing of the CAF, was pulled out of the hangar, and fired up on a test run. Overhauled props, major engine work, completely recovered and hung control surfaces, panel work, cable work, floorboard work, and more. But yesterday it came alive, belching and popping and dripping and complaining just like a radial will, but it finally came alive and started purring. Welcome back, BOB!!

07/01/2018

Grumman Bearcat

07/01/2018

Come out today July 1st until 4 PM to enjoy the activities at CAF Wings Over Indy. Take a warbird ride, enjoy the sights and sounds of World War II combat aviation, educational exhibits from Indiana’s universities, youth education programs, and helicopter rides.

Storms have passed and CAF Wings Over Indy is open for business until 4 PM today, July 1st. Come out for this free event...
07/01/2018

Storms have passed and CAF Wings Over Indy is open for business until 4 PM today, July 1st. Come out for this free event, take a warbird ride, or watch from the ground. Indy Metropolitan Airport, 96th St & Masters Rd. Overflow parking and shuttle bus from Kohl’s on 96th St just east of I-69.

06/29/2018

Some of the arriving WWII warbirds for the weekend event CAF Wings Over Indy at Indianapolis Metro Airport.

06/28/2018
CAF Wings Over Indy UPDATE

Stay up to date with the latest concerning this weekends CAF Wings Over Indy event in Fishers. OVERFLOW PARKING HAS MOVED. Click link below for more info.

Some nice progress on BOB!
06/10/2018

Some nice progress on BOB!

It was a busy work day on BOB (C-45) today! Jerry, Wayne, Greg, Nathan, and Laura spent most of the day working on several projects. For one, the control surfaces are on! The ailerons have been hung and secured, the aileron trim tab, and the flaps as well. It was a good, productive day, and BOB is even closer to its first running!

HEY INDY!  PURCHASE YOUR RIDE IN A WARBIRD TODAY...before their gone!https://squareup.com/store/wings-over-indy-aircraft...
06/06/2018
Wings Over Indy Aircraft Rides

HEY INDY! PURCHASE YOUR RIDE IN A WARBIRD TODAY...before their gone!
https://squareup.com/store/wings-over-indy-aircraft-rides

Wings Over Indy is a 2-day event designed to Honor Hoosier Veterans/Families, experience history through WWII flight demonstrations and rides, and inspire the next generation to explore the wonders of flight. This FREE event is open to the public and fun for the entire family

06/02/2018
Commemorative Air Force, Indiana Wing

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of.

CAF Wants You! Volunteer! Chance to fly in a WWII Warbird Trainer! http://www.wingsoverindy.com/volunteer-sign-up.html CAF Wings Over Indy comes to Indy Metro Airport at 96th St in Fishers on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st. Volunteers who sign up by Tuesday, June 26nd, will be entered into a drawing for one of several free “thank-you” rides to be given in a CAF WWII warbird trainer. Fill out the online-form and we will contact you to schedule your half-day volunteer shifts.

06/01/2018
CAF Wings Over Indy Volunteer Opportunity

CAF Wants You! Volunteer! Chance to fly in a WWII Warbird Trainer! http://www.wingsoverindy.com/volunteer-sign-up.html CAF Wings Over Indy comes to Indy Metro Airport at 96th St in Fishers on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st. Volunteers who sign up by Tuesday, June 26nd, will be entered into a drawing for one of several free “thank-you” rides to be given in a CAF WWII warbird trainer. Fill out the online-form and we will contact you to schedule your half-day volunteer shifts.

CAF Wants You! Volunteer! Chance to fly in a WWII Warbird Trainer! http://www.wingsoverindy.com/volunteer-sign-up.htmlCA...
05/30/2018

CAF Wants You! Volunteer!
Chance to fly in a WWII Warbird Trainer!
http://www.wingsoverindy.com/volunteer-sign-up.html
CAF Wings Over Indy comes to Indy Metro Airport at 96th St in Fishers on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st.
Volunteers who sign up by Tuesday, June 26th, will be entered into a drawing for one of several free “thank-you” rides to be given in a CAF WWII warbird trainer. Fill out the online-form and we will contact you to schedule your half-day volunteer shifts.

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9913 Willow View Rd
Fishers, IN
46077

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