Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing

Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing The Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. Dedicated volunteers maintaining and educating the public about WWII aviation. We currently have a B-25 Mitchell, TBM Avenger, and L-3 Aeronca. Visit us in St. Charles, MO! www.cafmo.org
In July of 1980, 25 dedicated World War II aviation enthusiasts formed a squadron of the C.A.F. in St. Louis, Missouri. One year later, the squadron was granted wing status and became the 25th C.A.F. Wing. Located at St. Charles County Airport/Smartt Field, the Wing currently maintains three aircraft as well as a museum dedicated to the memory and bravery of all those who served. The Wing membership consists of over 100 volunteers that cover administration, maintenance, mechanics, pilots, docents and many other responsibilities.
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Thank you to all of our fans! Our followers hit 1k on Instagram, and we are almost to 6k likes on Facebook. It is our mi...
05/15/2019

Thank you to all of our fans! Our followers hit 1k on Instagram, and we are almost to 6k likes on Facebook. It is our mission and will remain our mission to preserve WW2 military aviation history and to share that history with others! Without our fans we would not be able to complete these missions! Thank you again! #planesofinstagram #aviation #ww2aviation #ww2aviationhistory #b25 #b25mitchell #tbmavenger #torpedobomber #presidentsplane #thankyoufans #nothingwithoutyou #warbirds #warbirdrides #aviation #hero Commemorative Air Force

“On the second firing pass by the attacking Zeros, our turret gunner, Manning, was hit and his turret put out of actio...
05/09/2019

“On the second firing pass by the attacking Zeros, our turret gunner, Manning, was hit and his turret put out of action,” recounted Ferrier. “The sight of his slumped and lifeless body startled me. Quite suddenly, I was a scared, mature old man at 17. I had never seen death before, and here in one awesome moment my friends and I were face-to-face with it. I lost all sense of time and direction but huddled by my gun hoping for a chance to shoot back.” -2nd Class Harry H. Ferrier of torpedo squadron VT-8 served as a radio operator and lower gunner on a Grumman Avenger during the during the battle of Midway. Photo by David Blackwell #somegaveall #rememberthosewhocamebefore #toldthegodofdeathnah #presidentsplane #heros #planesofinstagram #tbmavenger #torpedobomber #onlyonesurvived #divebomberheros #wewilldistractthem #hardasnails #warishell

Living on a Wing and a Prayer! We had a blast in Fulton, MO this past weekend. We can’t wait for Cape Air Festival in ...
05/07/2019

Living on a Wing and a Prayer! We had a blast in Fulton, MO this past weekend. We can’t wait for Cape Air Festival in Cape Girardeau, MO the weekend of May 17! #nevercomingdown #heros #planesofinstagram #aviation @caf1957 #b25mitchell #b25 #armyaviation #roundengine #propeller #loudnoises #showme

With the flood water on the rise, we had to take some proactive action to get the aircraft into a safe location. We just...
05/04/2019

With the flood water on the rise, we had to take some proactive action to get the aircraft into a safe location. We just wanted to let everyone know that the aircraft are out of the range of the flood waters. Thank you for everyone that helped make this possible.

05/04/2019

Our B-25 “Show Me” flying past the St. Louis Arch this afternoon! It is known as the gateway to the West. We will be in Fulton, MO this afternoon and tomorrow doing rides. If you are close by stop by and say hi, we would love to show you this amazing bird! @stlouisgram @caf1957 #nevercomingdown #planesofinstagram #aviation #heros #flystlouis #gatewaytothewest #b25mitchell #b25 #waistgunner #itsloudinhere

Flanders Fields 14-18
05/04/2019

Flanders Fields 14-18

On this day, 104 years ago, Lt. Col. John McCrae, a physician and a soldier, penned his now famous poem, "In Flanders Fields," while sitting in the back of an ambulance after the funeral of his friend. His inspiration was taken from the memory of Alexis Helmer, but also from noticing how quickly poppies would grow next to new graves on the Ypres Salient.

Many legends give differing accounts of how the poem came to be, with some stories suggesting he was not happy with it and threw it out before other soldiers rescued it and persuaded him to publish it, some saying the poem was written in 20 minutes, and others believing it was worked on only when time permitted. Either way, the poem wasn't published until December of the same year.

Today, a memorial at Essex Farm Cemetery commemorates its writing and John McCrae.

04/28/2019

Taxiing out for a quick bounce around the field and then on to a fly over for the Coast Guard in Mexico, MO.

The B-25 and TBM making a show pass! Check out our website to see if we are in a city near you. If so drop by and say hi...
04/26/2019

The B-25 and TBM making a show pass! Check out our website to see if we are in a city near you. If so drop by and say hi. We would love to share these beautiful aircraft with you! #b25 #b25mitchell #tbmavenger #planesofinstagram #aviation @caf1957 #warbird #warbirdride #youkeepusintheair #thankyou #adrenalinejunkie

TBM Avenger Reunion
04/25/2019

TBM Avenger Reunion

Couple of shots of our “Show Me”!
04/22/2019

Couple of shots of our “Show Me”!

The TBM is one big turkey! Largest single engine aircraft of ww2, look at that wing span. With that being said it handle...
04/19/2019

The TBM is one big turkey! Largest single engine aircraft of ww2, look at that wing span. With that being said it handles like a hidden gem in the sky. Little known fact the TBM and B-25 have the same engines, and our maintainers love working on those big twin cyclone radials! This picture was taken at the spirit airshow last year. #heros #aviation #torpedobomber #tbmavenger #ww2avaiation #planesofinstagram #navyaviation #presidentsplane #nevercomingdown

#heros
04/11/2019

#heros

We are very disappointed to hear of the passing of the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders. Blue Skies and ta...
04/09/2019

We are very disappointed to hear of the passing of the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders. Blue Skies and tail winds, Sir.

We are heartbroken to learn that Lt Col Richard "Dick" Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, and long-time B-25 and C-47 pilot, has passed away. Dick was a hero, friend, and CAF member and he will be missed by all who knew him. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”  -Konrad Adenauer #tbmavenger #ww2aircra...
04/09/2019

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.” -Konrad Adenauer #tbmavenger #ww2aircraft #looktotheskies #warbirdride #warbird #ww2 #planesofinstagram #aviation #torpedobomber @caf1957

WWII jacket patches of the 345th Bomb Group, Air Apaches, and the 501st Bomb Squadron.
04/02/2019

WWII jacket patches of the 345th Bomb Group, Air Apaches, and the 501st Bomb Squadron.

04/01/2019

Our TBM peeling off with the rest of the girls! We always love to be around other TBMs. Makes for some great pictures and videos. #ww2aircraft #warbird #warbirdride #looktotheskies #ww2 #tbmavenger #torpedobomber #navyaircraft #pacifictheater #tbmmeetup

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, ...
03/31/2019

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ― Leonardo da Vinci @caf1957 #ww2bomber #planesofinstagram #davinci #b25mitchell #airshow2019 #ww2 #warbird #warbirdride #looktotheskies #ww2aircraft

Early morning picture of Show Me! We can’t wait to get back out there for the airshow season. Click our website link f...
03/23/2019

Early morning picture of Show Me! We can’t wait to get back out there for the airshow season. Click our website link for updates on the airshows we will be attending this year! Hope to see you out there. Photo from check six photography. #ww2aircraft #warbirdrides #b25 #ww2 #b25mitchell #ww2bomber #airshow2019 @caf1957 #keepthemflying #looktotheskies #almosttime

03/20/2019
Commemorative Air Force

TBM!!!!!

Day 2 of this year's March Madness is a Navy Bomber battle. It's torpedoes versus dive bombs as the Avenger faces off with the Dauntless. Though the Avenger was designed by Grumman as the TBF, it was soon licensed to General Motors who made it as the TBM. All the flying Avengers today are TBMs. The Dauntless was designated SBD, which created a unique nickname for them. Do you know what that was?

Vote for your favorite by clicking on the picture in the poll, you have one day to vote on each match-up!

03/19/2019
Commemorative Air Force

First match up!

It's the first day of this year's March Madness and we start off with an Army Fighter battle. The venerable North American P-51 Mustang faces off with the unique Bell P-63 Kingcobra. Which is your favorite? Vote by clicking on the picture in the poll, you have one day to vote on each match-up!

We'll do one of these every day in March until we have a champion.

Who do you have going all the way this year?!?!? Thanks to Commemorative Air Force headquarters for putting this togethe...
03/18/2019

Who do you have going all the way this year?!?!? Thanks to Commemorative Air Force headquarters for putting this together!

It's that time of year again! It's CAF's own version of March Madness, and this year, we're putting a little different spin on it: There are Army and Navy halves to the bracket, then fighter and bomber halves the other direction, so the Army fighters will scrap it out, face the Army bombers champion, the Navy will do the same, and then the Army Champion faces the Navy Champion in the final! Bracket predictions?

The fun starts tomorrow, so don't miss it!

Air Apache’s!!!!! The 345th bombardment Group had a reputation of being a fierce fighting force that tore a path throu...
03/13/2019

Air Apache’s!!!!! The 345th bombardment Group had a reputation of being a fierce fighting force that tore a path through the pacific during WW2 in their B-25s. We are happy to honor that legacy through our livery on the “Show Me”. #planesofinstagram #commemorativeairforce @caf1957 #b25mitchell #cafmissouri #ww2 #ww2aircraft #warbirds #warbirdride #b25
#airapaches #showme photo by Ronald Buckingham

Can’t wait to see you there!
03/09/2019

Can’t wait to see you there!

Spirit Of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo, Presented by Boeing
03/08/2019

Spirit Of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo, Presented by Boeing

Less than seven month's until we see this gorgeous TBM again! The best part- She's local courtesy of the Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing! Thank you to the fine men and women who keep history flying!

Tickets for 2019 are on sale now: https://bit.ly/2ttZ24t

These warbirds need a lot of TLC! The Missouri Wing is looking for a helping hand.  We are in the process of building a ...
03/01/2019

These warbirds need a lot of TLC! The Missouri Wing is looking for a helping hand. We are in the process of building a new hangar to support our Maintenance and Restoration efforts. One of the areas we need help with is demo of concrete, a small garage, a small cinder block building and some site prep. Every dollar we can save in construction keeps those dollars in the warbirds. Can you help? Are you feeling charitable? Message us! The Missouri Wing needs you!

03/01/2019

We are so proud to be a part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). We are always looking forward to be able to teach the next generation about one of the greatest generations. Education through the air is our passion! #cafmissouri #planesofinstagram #commemorativeairforce Commemorative Air Force

Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing
02/23/2019

Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing

We love to get the birds out at our annual hangar dances! The flames from these historical beauties are just icing on th...
02/17/2019

We love to get the birds out at our annual hangar dances! The flames from these historical beauties are just icing on the cake at a great event. Photo by Gary Chambers #exhaustflames #commemorativeairforce #b25 @caf1957 #hangardance #warbirds #planesofinstagram #b25mitchell #nightrunup #cafmissouri

02/03/2019

So why is STEM important, when am I ever going to use geometry? Well planes don't fly right if the angle is off. And yes that is an offical military propeller clamp circa 1940's.

Winter maintenance is finishing up, as this old girl is able to spend time outside to spread her wings on this beautiful...
02/02/2019

Winter maintenance is finishing up, as this old girl is able to spend time outside to spread her wings on this beautiful day! #airshow #fighteraviationengineering #planesofinstagram #navalaviation #commemorativeairforce @caf1957 #cafmissouri #tbmavenger #wintermaintenance #letgetoutandfly #ww2warbirds #ww2aviation

The guys taking a break in the officers club. Our winter maintenance is moving along nicely. The TBM is getting their pr...
01/24/2019

The guys taking a break in the officers club. Our winter maintenance is moving along nicely. The TBM is getting their prop back today! New tires are ordered for the B-25! We are looking forward to the airshow season! #fighteraviationengineering #planesofinstagram #commemorativeairforce #navalaviation #airshow @caf1957 #b25 #tbmavenger #cafmissouri #officerclub #workhardplayharder

“To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” Jerry Crawford #cafmissouri #pl...
01/17/2019

“To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” Jerry Crawford #cafmissouri #planesofinstagram #commemorativeairforce #b25 @caf1957 #instagramaviation #sky #skyishome #ww2history #ww2planes #warbirds #warbirdride #cantwaitfortheairshow #armyaviation

Commemorative Air Force
01/16/2019

Commemorative Air Force

On January 9, the last living Flying Tiger, Major Richard Sherman, passed away at 97. Yesterday, Navajo Code Talker, Alfred K. Newman, died at age 94. Also yesterday, WASP Millicent Young died at age 96. We are in a time when we are losing heroes quickly, and we must all do what we can to keep their stories alive.

Too nice of a picture not to share. If you are a fan of the B25 check out their page!
01/09/2019

Too nice of a picture not to share. If you are a fan of the B25 check out their page!

60 degree weather in January?!?!? Reminding us a little bit of some airshow season weather! Who is looking forward to th...
01/07/2019

60 degree weather in January?!?!? Reminding us a little bit of some airshow season weather! Who is looking forward to the 2019 season? #b25 #cafmissouri #b25mitchell #planesofinstagram #commemorativeairforce @caf1957 #warbird #warbirdrides #50cal #bombsaway #bombers #midwestlove #keepthemflying #doingnottalking

12/29/2018

Annuals continue, time for gear swings.

The TBM ground crew making it happen! Pulling off the prop for overhaul during winter maintenance. As you can see it is ...
12/28/2018

The TBM ground crew making it happen! Pulling off the prop for overhaul during winter maintenance. As you can see it is no easy task. Our volunteers work tirelessly to keep these birds in action, and with every donation and ride fee going right back into the birds anyone can help just the same. #wintermaintenance #warbirds #airshow #planesofinstagram #commemorativeairforce #torpedobomber #tbmavenger #makinggeorgebushsrproud #ww2 #keepthemflying

Merry Christmas to everyone! Keep an active eye on the fastest 9 horse/deer power sleigh around! Hope everyone gets that...
12/25/2018
Official NORAD Santa Tracker

Merry Christmas to everyone! Keep an active eye on the fastest 9 horse/deer power sleigh around! Hope everyone gets that favorite aviation part or equipment that was on their wish list this year!

https://www.noradsanta.org/

Follow Santa Claus as he makes his magical journey around the world!

There is no time to waste, planning has already started for the 2019 season! Come out and say hi! We would love to take ...
12/12/2018

There is no time to waste, planning has already started for the 2019 season! Come out and say hi! We would love to take you for a ride that you will never forget! #planesofinstagram #warbirds #wantaride #warplanes #cafmissouri #commemorativeairforce #airshow2019 #airshow #airshowlife #twinengine #cantwait #pilotlife #crewlife #airshowstuff

12/07/2018

With each passing day our mission grows with importance to carry on the history of what so many went through. Smartt field, where we are located, is named after another such honorable individual. Ensign Joseph G. Smartt was a 24 year old pilot who was the squadron duty officer at Kaneohe Navel Station on that day of infamy, when he recognized they were being attacked he informed his commanders. During that time a bomb came through the hanger, exploded, and killed Ensign Smartt and two others. Ensign Smartt was engaged to be married and was writing a letter that morning to her when the attack started. His last part to her was "We are at war, I will love you forever,"

12/07/2018
War History Online

War History Online

The attack on Pearl Harbor timeline - The first few hours

Never forget!
12/07/2018

Never forget!

Commemorative Air Force Capital Wing
12/05/2018

Commemorative Air Force Capital Wing

#OTD - At about 2:10 p.m. (EST) on the afternoon of December 5, 1945, five U.S. Navy TBM Avengers comprising Flight 19, rose into the sunny sky above NAS Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Turning east the formation headed out over the Atlantic on the first leg of a routine exercise from which neither the 14 men of Flight 19 nor the 13-man crew of a PBM Mariner sent out to search for them were ever to return. #Grumman #TBM #Avenger #Flight19 #HistoryMystery

To read more about Flight 19, visit: https://goo.gl/T1sCSZ

To read the flight accident reports, visit: https://goo.gl/Yg1TRs

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