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

Operating as usual

See you tomorrow!!
08/20/2021

See you tomorrow!!

We hope to see you all for a beautiful morning full of planes and pancakes!!

Shirts will be available for sale to support scholarships, including youth sizes.

Young Eagles sign ups will also be happening.

Join us starting at 8!

Saturday, August 14th, the Wings over Fisher rides event had beautiful weather and some fantastic airplanes out and abou...
08/17/2021

Saturday, August 14th, the Wings over Fisher rides event had beautiful weather and some fantastic airplanes out and about! Thank you for coming out and enjoying the beautiful weather day with us! Most photos by Jon Tharp!

Hey Kokomo & Indy!Are you ready for an AIRSHOW!!!  Saturday, Sept.18th at Kokomo Municipal Airport!  All day activities,...
08/13/2021

Hey Kokomo & Indy!
Are you ready for an AIRSHOW!!!
Saturday, Sept.18th at Kokomo Municipal Airport!
All day activities, Airshow 1-3 PM. Beer Garden, Exhibits, Food & Fun for the whole family!
And its FREE!!! FREE!!! You don't want to miss this!

We hope you come out to Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport tomorrow (Saturday 8/14) to see our newest restoration (C-45) ...
08/13/2021

We hope you come out to Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport tomorrow (Saturday 8/14) to see our newest restoration (C-45) and take a ride in one of our Warbirds!!! Schedule your ride now to secure your time!

https://indy-metro-rides.square.site/

Fly with history August 14th—Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport.  Schedule your ride today!http://www.indianawingcaf.org/...
08/04/2021
Warbird Rides

Fly with history August 14th—Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport. Schedule your ride today!

http://www.indianawingcaf.org/warbird-rides.html

(Click on Dates Below) August 14, 2021 --Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport September 18, 2021 --Kokomo Municipal Airport--Wings Over Kokomo Airshow June 18, 2022 --Indianapolis Executive...

Some great photos of our Fairchild PT-26 at Timberhouse Fly-in courtesy of John Lumkes.
07/21/2021

Some great photos of our Fairchild PT-26 at Timberhouse Fly-in courtesy of John Lumkes.

What a great night for a Indiana Wing CAF meeting!  Hope you can join us for the next one.!
07/21/2021

What a great night for a Indiana Wing CAF meeting! Hope you can join us for the next one.!

20 Year Old Jordan Ray Brown getting trained in our newly acquired BT-13 by former USAF B-1 Pilot Mark Novak!  Just thin...
07/15/2021

20 Year Old Jordan Ray Brown getting trained in our newly acquired BT-13 by former USAF B-1 Pilot Mark Novak! Just think, Jordan is about the age the young men of WWII would have started their flight training to fight for our freedoms!

Congratulations to the newest official PT-26 pilot, Mark Van Zant!
07/06/2021

Congratulations to the newest official PT-26 pilot, Mark Van Zant!

It was a great morning for pancakes and airplanes at the Noblesville EAA Chapter 67 annual fly-in and drive-in pancak...
06/26/2021

It was a great morning for pancakes and airplanes at the Noblesville EAA Chapter 67 annual fly-in and drive-in pancake breakfast.

Always a great event!!  See you there...
06/24/2021

Always a great event!! See you there...

Always a great event!! See you there...

2021 was a year of new records!  Thank you all for making this year a success.  Great article highlighting last weekends...
06/23/2021
It’s a bird, it’s a plane—and another plane, and another, and another…

2021 was a year of new records! Thank you all for making this year a success. Great article highlighting last weekends CAF Wings Over Indy with First Wing Jet Centers Open House.

The 14th annual Open House and Fly-In, hosted last Saturday by the First Wing Jet Center and Commemorative Air Force in partnership with Wings Over Indy at the Indianapolis Executive

We are excited to announce our newest aircraft acquisition...the BT-13 Valiant!! Thank you Greg Mahler for your many yea...
06/22/2021

We are excited to announce our newest aircraft acquisition...the BT-13 Valiant!! Thank you Greg Mahler for your many years of maintaining and preserving this beautiful piece of history!! We will take good care of her.

06/20/2021

Thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers, and aviation enthusiasts that made yesterday's CAF Wings Over Indy event a huge success!!

Weather Update: Based on the current forecast, it appears that the inclement weather will move through the area through ...
06/18/2021

Weather Update:

Based on the current forecast, it appears that the inclement weather will move through the area through the night. However, in an abundance of caution for our attendees, we will postpone the pancake breakfast to 9 a.m. All other activities will go on as planned - Kids Zone, airplane rides and exhibitors will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (unless the weather forecast changes between now and then). Follow the event page on Facebook for the latest news. #wingsoverindy #flyin #aviationday #mothernature

Weather Update:

Based on the current forecast, it appears that the inclement weather will move through the area through the night. However, in an abundance of caution for our attendees, we will postpone the pancake breakfast to 9 a.m. All other activities will go on as planned - Kids Zone, airplane rides and exhibitors will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (unless the weather forecast changes between now and then). Follow the event page on Facebook for the latest news. #wingsoverindy #flyin #aviationday #mothernature

URGENT UPDATE: Due to weather CAF HOPS & PROPS has been moved to Saturday following our CAF Wings Over Indy event.  Stay...
06/18/2021

URGENT UPDATE:
Due to weather CAF HOPS & PROPS has been moved to Saturday following our CAF Wings Over Indy event. Stay tuned for updates. See you there!!

URGENT UPDATE:
Due to weather CAF HOPS & PROPS has been moved to Saturday following our CAF Wings Over Indy event. Stay tuned for updates. See you there!!

Come hang out in our CAF BEER GARDEN sponsored by Sun King Brewery and watch all of the aerial activities this Saturday ...
06/15/2021

Come hang out in our CAF BEER GARDEN sponsored by Sun King Brewery and watch all of the aerial activities this Saturday at Indianapolis Executive Airport! For show information go to www.wingsoverindy.com

You've seen them flying high all over Central Indiana...THE INDY BIPLANES will be attending Wings Over Indy 2021!  Wings...
06/11/2021

You've seen them flying high all over Central Indiana...
THE INDY BIPLANES will be attending Wings Over Indy 2021! Wings Over Indy is held in conjunction with First Wing Jet Centers Annual Open House benefiting The Down Syndrome of Indiana. Come show your support for the INDY BIPLANES!!
Want to know more? Go to www.wingsoverindy.com

INDY BIPLANE BIO:
Indy Bipes started in 2018, when Jeff Nelson and Monty Miller decided to have some fun flying together in formation on evenings and weekends. We looked at several aircraft types and quickly gravitated to Sport Biplanes due to their ramp appeal, handling qualities, and relatively low cost. We moved to the Indy Metro airport and several other pilots saw how much fun we were having and joined in. Brian Harless and Mark Kappes soon joined in as numbers 3 and 4.

This started a bit of grass roots revival of flying for the pure joy of it, and we soon had cook outs and BBQ’s at the hangar after each flight. This ‘infected’ even more pilots with the bug and we
currently have 12 aircraft with pilots in training and others restoring some Sport Bipes as fast as they can. Biplanes from the surrounding area join us when they can and there are around 15
that come play with us at various times.

There are Acro Sports, a Pitts, a Christen Eagle, and some Stardusters, in the group with Acro Sports being the biggest group. We think we may have the largest group of Acro Sports in the
world at Metro with 8 in one hangar row at one time. The airport even calls our hangar row “Biplane Row”!

In 2020, with the Covid 19 outbreak, we found ourselves in an interesting position, as we would go out and practice formation over the farm fields north of Carmel Fishers area, people (trapped in their homes by the outbreak) would see us returning to the airfield, and soon we had people requesting (on our facebook site) us to fly over for the simple pleasure of seeing biplanes fly. We then did a couple of flights for first responders, and even a few News interviews. We have done several missing man flights for veterans and some charity events as well.

We flew 90 formation flights in 2020, and expect to break 100 flights in 2021, all our flights are for charity, and we pay for them ourselves as a way to give back to both veterans and first
responders as well as to try and give hope to the average person who might be suffering at home by themselves during this pandemic. We have also ‘adopted’ some local special needs
kids and adults and give them extra fly-overs along with some Indy Bipe gear and even flight suits with our Logo on them.

A big thank you to SAAB Technologies for sponsoring the CAF Wings Over Indy 2021! Come learn more about SAABs production...
06/05/2021

A big thank you to SAAB Technologies for sponsoring the CAF Wings Over Indy 2021! Come learn more about SAABs production of the US Air Forces newest advanced jet trainer the T-7 Red Hawk built right here in Central Indiana! For more information visit www.wingsoverindy.com

Give DAD a ride in History for FATHERS DAY!! Saturday, June 19th at CAF Wings Over Indy in Zionsville.  3 Beautiful WWII...
05/26/2021

Give DAD a ride in History for FATHERS DAY!!
Saturday, June 19th at CAF Wings Over Indy in Zionsville.
3 Beautiful WWII Aircraft to choose from. RSVP Now!!!
http://www.wingsoverindy.com/rides.html

Zionsville, June 19-CAF Wings Over Indy 2021 is going to be epic!  Aerobatic performances, Warbird Rides, Simulators, Fo...
05/23/2021

Zionsville, June 19-CAF Wings Over Indy 2021 is going to be epic! Aerobatic performances, Warbird Rides, Simulators, Food, & more!
www.wingsoverindy.com

We hope you took real good care of MOM this past weekend...  Now it's time for DAD!
05/11/2021
CAF WINGS OVER INDY

We hope you took real good care of MOM this past weekend... Now it's time for DAD!

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.

05/07/2021
The Indiana Wing's PT-26 flew for the first time in over 18 months.  Check flight is complete, and the airplane is ready...
04/18/2021

The Indiana Wing's PT-26 flew for the first time in over 18 months. Check flight is complete, and the airplane is ready for the season! We look forward to bringing it to an event near you!

The Indiana Wing's PT-26 flew for the first time in over 18 months. Check flight is complete, and the airplane is ready for the season! We look forward to bringing it to an event near you!

Mark your calendars!!! JUNE 19th--INDYS ONLY AIRSHOW for 2021!!!!CAF Wings Over Indy at Indianapolis Executive Airport h...
04/17/2021

Mark your calendars!!!

JUNE 19th--INDYS ONLY AIRSHOW for 2021!!!!

CAF Wings Over Indy at Indianapolis Executive Airport held in conjunction with First Wings Open House supporting the Down Syndrome of Indiana. Full Aerobatics on display with WWII Aircraft Rides, Simulators, Activities for Kids, Beer Garden, and More!!! You don't want to miss this...Zionsville is about to go vertical!!!

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Thought you guys would enjoy these old pics of the C-45 from when we operated her at the MS Wing. These were taken in the 1990s and early 2000s, not too long after we finished the initial restoration. Sorry in advance for the poor quality.
It takes a lot of support to keep our Twin Beech working well and looking good. Gotta love our young volunteers. They are our future.
A group of CAF members in a circle (which later grew quite a bit bigger), around the PT-26, missing our Wing-mate and friend, Jerry Long.
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
Playing in theaters one night only, Thursday, May 23rd, and based entirely on archival footage:
My husband, Lew Shake passed away in August. He is the one that started the air shows first in Columbus and then at Mount Comfort and produced them for 10-15 years. I have a tremendous amount of CAF and War memorabilia that I would like to get to someone that will appreciate them. It would be great if I can sell some of this stuff but I might be persuaded to donate also. Please message me your phone number if you would like for me to call you.
The Indiana Wing's C-45, "BOB" (Big Oily Beast) Firing up the right engine for its maiden start since November of 2016!
At the Terre Haute Airshow today.
Congratulations to Rich Quinnette on his initial tailwheel and checkout in the PT-26!
Chuck Rider is hard at work rib stitching on the flaps (and control surfaces) of the Indiana Wing C-45, "BOB", as he does most every morning!
Mt comfort 2015
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