Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing

Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Inland Empire Wing is a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization. dedicated to the preservation of military aircraft.
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is an all-volunteer organization, made up of members from all walks of life. Membership is open to all men and women, age 18 or older. You need not be a veteran nor a pilot to join the CAF. Privately funded and totally self-supporting, the nonprofit, tax-exempt group is dedicated to preserving the military aviation heritage of World War II. Our motto is "Keep 'Em Flying!"
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The Inland Empire "Squadron" was founded in 1989. At that time it was located in Rialto, CA and was not doing very well. A group from Corona, CA took it over and moved the headquarters to the Corona airport. The four members who were responsible for this action were Art Seidler, Lyle Page, Bob Hemborg and Don Helms, seen in the photo below, taken in December 1990. The first plane assigned to the Squadron was the L-4F, in 1991, and then the Ryan PT-22, in 1992. The Squadron moved to the Riverside Airport in 1994, and became the Inland Empire Wing. Today we have approximately 87 members, and of course, are always looking for new recruits! All members become "Colonels" once they join the CAF. One Saturday each month we have a "Hangar Day" and welcome any volunteers to come help with the many jobs around the hangar - including sweeping the floors! There's always work to be done!

Operation Social Strong went beautifully over the Loma Linda University Medical Center.  The D-Day Doll led the flight o...
05/25/2020

Operation Social Strong went beautifully over the Loma Linda University Medical Center. The D-Day Doll led the flight of 4 C47/53's and the T-6'S. Unfortunately we were missing Willa Dean and What's Up Doc. The medical center did allow some staff onto a roof top to watch the fly over. Parking structures and parking lots around LLUMC had a large number of local residents and off duty medical personnel who came out to watch the fly over. Thank you for your support as we do our small part to honor all those who have worked so hard during this pandemic.
Bill Leech

Personal note: LLUMC holds a special place in my life, my wife was a Charge Nurse on a unit at this hospital and has many very good friends who still work there.

Monday, Memorial Day, the D-Day Doll will lead a group of WW II aircraft on a "Thank You" tour to celebrate all 1st resp...
05/24/2020

Monday, Memorial Day, the D-Day Doll will lead a group of WW II aircraft on a "Thank You" tour to celebrate all 1st responders as well as commemorate those who have given so much for our freedom. Several organizations are sending aircraft to fly in the celebration. The D-Day Doll will be accompanied by Betsy's Biscuit Bomber, Flabob Express, The Spirit of Benovia, What's Up Doc, Willa Dean, C 47/53's. The Condor Squadron (T-6's) from Van Nuys, Mike Pooley who flew Cable's Marlet (Wildcat) will be flying a T-6, John Collver's T-6 "War Dog" will join the flight for a short time and Palms Springs will also send "Fighter Escort" , "Bunny" a Red Tails P51 Mustang. Thank you to all the organization that have made this possible.
Bill Leech

05/17/2020
Flying a DC–3 to France

See the CHIEF PILOT of THATS ALL BROTHER as he is interviewd being PHOTOBOMBEDby our very own D DAY DOLL

See what it's like to fly one of the Douglas DC–3's bound for Normandy, France, to take part in the seventy-fifth anniversary commemoration of the D-Day inva...

CAFIEW'S C-53D DO  D DAY DOLL flying training missions for the EDWARDS AFB TEST PILOT SCHOOL  ...                       ...
05/15/2020

CAFIEW'S C-53D DO D DAY DOLL flying training missions for the EDWARDS AFB TEST PILOT SCHOOL ...
COL Randy Kim

#FBF USAF Test Pilot School-style! TPS students prepare for a qualitative evaluation flight with the Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing's C-53 Skytrooper "D-Day Doll," May 12. (Air Force photo by Richard Gonzalez)

The D DAY DOLL at the 2019 PARIS AIR SHOW . Article sent to me by one of the DOLLS admirers n followers PATRICK ELIEPres...
05/15/2020

The D DAY DOLL at the 2019 PARIS AIR SHOW . Article sent to me by one of the DOLLS admirers n followers PATRICK ELIE
President of the C-47 SNAFU SPECIAL
COL Randy Kim

D DAY DOLL paving the way to our future MILITARY PILOTS Article submitted by CAFIEW COL WALT WHITE                      ...
05/12/2020

D DAY DOLL paving the way to our future MILITARY PILOTS Article submitted by CAFIEW COL WALT WHITE
Col Randy Kim

USAF SALUTING THE END OF THE BERLIN AIRLIFT 71 YEARS AGO 12 MAY 1949 n they posted the D DAY DOLLS photo what an honor !...
05/12/2020

USAF SALUTING THE END OF THE BERLIN AIRLIFT 71 YEARS AGO 12 MAY 1949 n they posted the D DAY DOLLS photo what an honor !! Posted by Corinne Parker formerly of RIVERSIDE AIRPORT KRAL. Col Randy Kim

A Year in Review #2 :The first weekend in May would have been the "The Planes Of Fame Airshow" in Chino, CA.  Unfortunat...
05/12/2020

A Year in Review #2 :
The first weekend in May would have been the "The Planes Of Fame Airshow" in Chino, CA. Unfortunately it was canceled due to the Covid-19 and the D-Day Doll sat in Riverside, CA waiting for better times. The photos presented here are from last years show except for the last 2, most were not published, so enjoy the photographs as we all think of future air shows and meeting up with old friends.
Bill Leech

ON BEHALF OF THE CAFIEW STAFF WISHING ALL OF OUR MOTHERS A VERY.      SPECIAL         " HAPPY MOTHERS DAY "             ...
05/10/2020

ON BEHALF OF THE CAFIEW STAFF WISHING ALL OF OUR MOTHERS A VERY. SPECIAL
" HAPPY MOTHERS DAY "
Col Randy Kim

05/09/2020
azfamily 3TV CBS 5

CAF AIRBASE AZ TRIBUTE FLYOVER TO COMMEMORATE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY 8 MAY 1945 - 2020 ..

NOW: A flyover of historic war planes by the Commemorative Air Force is over the Valley right now to honor the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II.

THE CAFIEW WISHING THE KERRS HAPPY 55TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY  !!!                                                        ...
05/09/2020

THE CAFIEW WISHING THE KERRS HAPPY 55TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY !!!
Col R Kim

THE CAFIEW SENDING HAPPY BIRTHDAY.    WISHES TO COL TOM DIX ...                                                      COL...
05/09/2020

THE CAFIEW SENDING HAPPY BIRTHDAY. WISHES TO COL TOM DIX ...
COL R KIM

04/29/2020

Special Thanks to the Airborne Demonstration Team:
This weekend was to be the Planes of Fame in Chino, Ca. airshow. Unfortunately it was canceled because of the Covid-19 outbreak. This video was published two years ago, it is dedicated to the "Airborne Demonstration Team". These reenactors bring back the history and drama of those members of the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions that became a part of history at Normandy in June of 44. Without these brave soldiers the D-Day Doll would have been just an unknown transport. Instead she became a part of that history delivering members of the 101st Airborne to France.
Enjoy the Rerun.
Bill Leech

A Year In Review: D-Day DollWith the Covid-19 creating havoc within our country, I decided to put together a collage of ...
04/25/2020

A Year In Review: D-Day Doll
With the Covid-19 creating havoc within our country, I decided to put together a collage of photos from air shows, day to day events at the CAF-IEW hanger from the past 12-18 months. Most of these photos have not been published before, so enjoy what was and may we soon all be able to enjoy watching our girl in flight as well as all the other great and historical aircraft. I will attempt to glean from my photos, shots that have only been enjoyed by myself and share them with all who visit the CAF-IEW site.
Thank You for supporting our little wing.
Bill Leech

04/18/2020
Mission to Normandy Webinar

In case the CAFIEW Members missed tge CAF WEBINAR WED 15 APR 2020 featuring our D DAY DOLL n her AIRCREW ...
Posted by IEW COL R KIM

Throughout 2019, members of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) spent months planning, preparing, and executing one of the CAF’s most worthwhile journeys. A mi...

WISHING ALL OF THE CAFIEW MEMBERS A VERY HAPPY EASTER...as Jesus rose so shall we from this COVID - 19 Virus ....       ...
04/12/2020

WISHING ALL OF THE CAFIEW MEMBERS A VERY HAPPY EASTER...
as Jesus rose so shall we from this COVID - 19 Virus ....
Col R Kim

COVID - 19 COMPLIANT  !!!CAFIEW D DAY DOLL DOING HER DUTY TO STAY COVID - 19 FREE ...11 APR 2020posted by CAFIEW COL R K...
04/11/2020

COVID - 19 COMPLIANT !!!
CAFIEW D DAY DOLL DOING HER DUTY TO STAY COVID - 19 FREE ...11 APR 2020
posted by CAFIEW COL R KIM Photos by CAFIEW Photographer COL B LEECH

THE CAFIEW SOUTHERN CA WWII AVIATION MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS FOR OUR VISITORS PER GOVERNMENT...
03/21/2020

THE CAFIEW SOUTHERN CA WWII AVIATION MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS FOR OUR VISITORS PER GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES DEALING WITH THE COVID-19 SITUATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT ...
COL RANDY KIM

03/20/2020
Hey Riverside

RIVERSIDE AIRPORT CAFE IS STILL OPEN FOR CURBSIDE SERVICE. CALL AHEAD TO ORDER THEN YOUR ORDER WILL BE DELIVERED AT THE CURB . LETS SUPPORT LEIMAMO AND HER CAFE .!!!

FRIDAY REPORT WITH RALPH: SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS! MAR 20 2020

Had to repost this showing what a CAFIEW member COL NICK KANAKIS character is all about . Great job Nick ...
03/17/2020

Had to repost this showing what a CAFIEW member COL NICK KANAKIS character is all about . Great job Nick ...

The CAFIEW STAFF wishes the CAFIEW'S MEMBERS a great ST PATRICK'S DAY  !!!
03/17/2020

The CAFIEW STAFF wishes the CAFIEW'S MEMBERS a great ST PATRICK'S DAY !!!

MARCH 2020 MEMBERSHIP MEETING n DINNER !!!                           Posted by COL Randy Kim
03/13/2020

MARCH 2020 MEMBERSHIP MEETING n DINNER !!!
Posted by COL Randy Kim

Here's the C-53D42-68835 on Static display at the AEROSPACE MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA EX McClellan AFB SACRAMENTO. She is 5 A...
03/06/2020

Here's the C-53D
42-68835 on Static display at the AEROSPACE MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA EX McClellan AFB SACRAMENTO. She is 5 AIRFRAMES from our D DAY DOLL 42- 68830 . Sister ship that served together in the 72nd TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON. Whats unusual about this C - 53D ?
Posted by COL R KIM
Photo by A.EROSPACE MUSEUM
OF CALIFORNIA .....

03/03/2020
Myieprime

WATCH THE RETURN OF OUR D DAY DOLL FROM NORMANDY AUG 2019 ...
Posted by Col R Kim
Video by Myieprime

Welcome home D Day Doll!!

Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing

On Monday, August 5, 2019, at Riverside Municipal Airport we helped welcome home the
world-traveling crew who completed their mission to Normandy. They’ve been on a 3 month journey along with 15 other planes, it’s amazing what they accomplished!! Here’s a bit of info on what all they did during their travels.

15 airplanes returning to Normandy, and various European commemorations
6 D-Day veterans personally honored
150,000 total miles flown by Squadron aircraft
1,050 total flight hours by Squadron aircraft
1,776 miles flown over water by Squadron aircraft
7 weeks on the road for crews across 8 countries
11 flight information regions covered by Squadron aircraft
5,000 lbs of Jelly Belly parachutes dropped during the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift
75 pilots participated
1 presidential fly over on the 75th anniversary of D-Day
1 route completed over Manhattan and around the Statue of Liberty
2.3 million people reached on Social Media
Events covered by 195 individual accredited media
45 partners and major donors that helped to make every accomplishment a reality

Its still great to see our C 53 DO D DAY DOLL featured other photo albums from last years 75th DAKS OVER NORMANDY       ...
02/29/2020

Its still great to see our C 53 DO D DAY DOLL featured other photo albums from last years 75th DAKS OVER NORMANDY
COL R KIM

Daks over Normandy 2019- Duxford

BIRTHDAY WISHES TO OUR WING LEADER ...
02/17/2020

BIRTHDAY WISHES TO OUR WING LEADER ...

THE CAFIEW wishes a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our WING LEADER STEVE ROSE !!!
02/17/2020

THE CAFIEW wishes a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our WING LEADER STEVE ROSE !!!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO CAFIEW !!!
02/14/2020

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO CAFIEW !!!

OUR PRAYERS n THOUGHTS T0 THE PITTS FAMILY ...We were informed that COL MARVIN PITTS HAS GONE WEST END OF TOUR 11 JAN 20...
02/04/2020

OUR PRAYERS n THOUGHTS T0 THE PITTS FAMILY ...
We were informed that COL MARVIN PITTS HAS GONE WEST
END OF TOUR 11 JAN 2020

IEW CLEAN UP HANGAR DAY !!!                         Posted by Col R Kim
02/03/2020

IEW CLEAN UP HANGAR DAY !!!
Posted by Col R Kim

The STEALTH DISPLAY at the AIR n SPACE MUSEUM  ...
01/18/2020

The STEALTH DISPLAY at the AIR n SPACE MUSEUM ...

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CAFIEW BIRTHDAY WISH TO CAF HDQTRS COL HANK COATES ...
01/18/2020

CAFIEW BIRTHDAY WISH TO CAF HDQTRS COL HANK COATES ...

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What a show, thank you!
D-Day Doll on final to the Chino Airport.
Thank you! That flyover today was incredible!!!
thank you for the Fly by today - these were taken from the top of the parking structure next to the Long Beach Aquarium
Flyover filmed from Marina del rey, turned right on cue, glad you guys got the flight plan :)
LOVED the flyover, saw it from Seal Beach. Brought tears to my eyes!
Hey guys, a question for those of us with scanners. What frequency will you be using on Monday? Some cannot get to a fly-by site. Thanks for all you do and keep her flying.
Thanks to Stephen Rose's for his generous invitation to me to CAFIE's dinner last Wednesday Feb. 12th. A great group of aviation devotees and Aericans.
Thanks to my brother-in-Christ Stephen Rose for his generous invitation to CAFIE's Wednesday Feb. 12th's dinner. A great bunch of Americans!
D-Day Doll - paratroopers boarding - Normandy Airfield Camp in Lessay - 09-June-2019
D-Day Doll ready for take-off and paratroopers drop over the Normandy Airfield Camp at Lessay on 09-June-2019
DDay Doll at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget on 21-June-2019