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!

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 ...

Our D DAY DOLL still keeps popping up on other sites !!!          Col Randy Kim CAFIEW
01/12/2020

Our D DAY DOLL still keeps popping up on other sites !!!
Col Randy Kim CAFIEW

01/11/2020
Five Oaks Creative

DAKS OVER NORMANDY !!!

Every wonder what it's like to poke your camera out the door of an aircraft and capture three C-47s? Great job done by this videographer! Check out the teaser for the upcoming #dday75 video 'Into Flight Once More' https://ddaysquadron.org/ddsfilm/ featuring these three beauties and more! D-Day Squadron

Our D DAY DOLL featured on the DEC 2019 AVIATORS HOT LINE MAGAZINE She's still strutting her airframe for the world to s...
01/04/2020

Our D DAY DOLL featured on the DEC 2019 AVIATORS HOT LINE MAGAZINE
She's still strutting her airframe for the world to see !!! 🇺🇸

WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY 2020 NEW TEAR !!!
01/01/2020

WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY 2020 NEW TEAR !!!

ON BEHALF OF THE CAFIEW STAFF MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL !!!
12/25/2019

ON BEHALF OF THE CAFIEW STAFF
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL !!!

ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACYFLIGHT 8 MAY 2020 TO COMMEMORATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WW II ...             Posted by ...
12/02/2019
CAF to Arsenal of Democracy

ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY
FLIGHT 8 MAY 2020 TO COMMEMORATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WW II ...
Posted by COL R KIM

The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe will take place on May 8, 2020.The Arsenal of Democracy program is a massive undertaking lead by several organizations including the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). A full ...

ANOTHER TURKEY DINNER STUFFER !!!Pic courtesy of Col Daniel Wotring             Randy Kim
11/28/2019

ANOTHER TURKEY DINNER STUFFER !!!
Pic courtesy of Col Daniel Wotring
Randy Kim

Enjoy Thanksgiving !!!                             Randy Kim
11/28/2019

Enjoy Thanksgiving !!!
Randy Kim

Wishing everyone a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!                   COL Randy Kim
11/28/2019

Wishing everyone a very
HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!
COL Randy Kim

CAFIEW WING LEADER n EXECUTIVE OFFICER PUTTING ON THE RITZ pt 2
11/24/2019

CAFIEW WING LEADER n EXECUTIVE OFFICER PUTTING ON THE RITZ pt 2

The CAFIEW WING LEADER n EXECUTIVE OFFICER PUTTING ON THE RITZ
11/24/2019

The CAFIEW WING LEADER n EXECUTIVE OFFICER PUTTING ON THE RITZ

ON BEHALF OF THE CAFIEW THANKING ALL OF OUR VETERANS TODAY FOR YOUR SERVICE !!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸           CAF COL RANDY KIM      ...
11/11/2019

ON BEHALF OF THE CAFIEW THANKING ALL OF OUR VETERANS TODAY FOR YOUR SERVICE !!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
CAF COL RANDY KIM
USAF RET

Veterans Day weekend at Flabob ended this years air shows.  The Doll, as usual was a hit dropping skydivers and making a...
11/11/2019

Veterans Day weekend at Flabob ended this years air shows. The Doll, as usual was a hit dropping skydivers and making a low pass over the Flabob Airfield. As she came in for her landing the local ROTC's paraded down the parallel runway making for a dramatic landing with the flags flying, ROTC students marching and the bag pipers playing. Our Harvard T-6 made a cameo entrance flown by Chris Hicks (the same one who lamented that the Harvard was never a bride but always a bridesmaid, the D Day Doll got all the attention). It was a hot day on the tarmac but made for a good ending for this years air show season.

SBD Fest at the San Bernardino Airport (old Norton) was a success.  The D-Day Doll and her crew were there to show off t...
11/04/2019

SBD Fest at the San Bernardino Airport (old Norton) was a success. The D-Day Doll and her crew were there to show off the Veteran of WW II and talk about her contributions to the war as well as her return for the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. The CAF Southern California Wing sent the Hellcat and Zero to San Bernardino to do a WWII Pacific Theater duel. Unfortunately the A-4 Skyhawk and Mig 17 were not sent into the sky during the show on Sunday. The Red Bull Helicopter and motorcycle team entertained the crowd as well as the T-6 'Devil Dog" and the Yak 110. In addition to the air show there was a car show and a number of static displays of vintage aircraft as well as active military planes.

The INLAND EMPIRE WING is at the San Gabriel Valley Airport for the AIR FEST ...Photos by COL Randy Kim
10/28/2019

The INLAND EMPIRE WING is at the San Gabriel Valley Airport for the AIR FEST ...
Photos by COL Randy Kim

Apple Valley Air Show
10/14/2019

Apple Valley Air Show

WINGS OUT WEST AIR SHOW PRESCOTT AZ ...D DAY DOLL n CREW WITH THE LIBERTY JUMP TEAM
10/12/2019

WINGS OUT WEST AIR SHOW
PRESCOTT AZ ...
D DAY DOLL n CREW WITH THE LIBERTY JUMP TEAM

Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing
10/12/2019

Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing

Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing
10/12/2019

Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing

CAFIEW'S OCT MONTHLY DINNER n MEETING !!!      Posted by Col Randy Kim
10/10/2019

CAFIEW'S OCT MONTHLY DINNER n MEETING !!!
Posted by Col Randy Kim

WINGS OUT WEST AIR SHOW PRESCOTT AZ .D DAY DOLL Photos by CJ MACHADO            Posted by CAFIEW COL Randy Kim
10/08/2019

WINGS OUT WEST AIR SHOW PRESCOTT AZ .
D DAY DOLL
Photos by CJ MACHADO Posted by CAFIEW COL Randy Kim

CAFIEW MEMBERS WISHING THE WHITES A VERY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY  !!!      Posted by COL Randy Kim
10/08/2019

CAFIEW MEMBERS WISHING THE WHITES A VERY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY !!!
Posted by COL Randy Kim

CAFIEW n D DAY DOLL at the WINGS OUT WEST AIR SHOW PRESCOTT AZ featuring Prescott resident LT COL DAVE HAMILTON the last...
10/07/2019

CAFIEW n D DAY DOLL at the WINGS OUT WEST AIR SHOW PRESCOTT AZ featuring Prescott resident LT COL DAVE HAMILTON the last surviving WW II Path Finder Pilot ....
Photos by COL Randy Kim

Col. Pat Hofferbert a WW II veteran donated the "Little D-Day Doll" she now sits in her own chair in the CAF Inland Empi...
10/06/2019

Col. Pat Hofferbert a WW II veteran donated the "Little D-Day Doll" she now sits in her own chair in the CAF Inland Empire Wing museum. She flew with the Doll to Normandy and back. The "Little D-Day Doll" belonged to his mother when she was a child.

D-Day Doll crew regailed us with stories of the epic journey of the Doll to Normandy, Berlin, Paris and back to the States. It was a hard but very rewarding trip for all who participated. It's good to have them back here in Riverside.

The C-53 D-Day Doll has taken on a persona of her own.  She is a WW II veteran of the Normandy Invasion, where the 101st...
10/04/2019

The C-53 D-Day Doll has taken on a persona of her own. She is a WW II veteran of the Normandy Invasion, where the 101st Airborne went she was there. But, without the people who have crewed her, maintained her and devoted so much support and time caring for her and keeping her flying she would only be so much scrap metal. This photo segment is devoted primarily to those CAF IEW members who have dedicated time and resources’ to make sure the part she has played in the history of this Country, the Veterans she transported and provided support for is not forgotten.

10/02/2019

On behalf of the CAFIEW our thoughts n prayers goes out to the CREW n passengers involved in the COLLINGS FOUNDATION B- 17 Acft incident at Bradley Airport Conn this morning...
Posted by COL Randy Kim

Wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our fellow CAFIEW COLS Greg Fernandez n Vince Kerr !!!
09/11/2019

Wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our fellow CAFIEW COLS Greg Fernandez n Vince Kerr !!!

09/10/2019
SNJ-2 BuNo 2549

Cool video n TOBY KEITH !!!

Thank You to all the supporters of SNJ-2 BuNo 2549

CAFIEW HAVING FUN AT WINGS OVER CAMARILLO  !!!Photos by COL BILL LEECH
09/01/2019

CAFIEW HAVING FUN AT WINGS OVER CAMARILLO !!!
Photos by COL BILL LEECH

08/28/2019

This year a number of Veterans were honored including WW II Vets at the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show. 1st Lt. Edward Lopez a P-47 pilot was one of those honored. Our own Tommy Anderson served as the Grand Marshall. The D-Day Doll, a veteran of the Nornandy invasion of Fortress Europe and other actions with the 101st airborne delivered the Air Force Acadmey's Parachute team on target at the air show both Saturday and Sunday. Music, "Holding Out For A Hero", Bonnie Tyler

VIP VISIT FROM CAF HEADQUARTERS !!!Photos by COL Randy Kim
08/22/2019

VIP VISIT FROM CAF HEADQUARTERS !!!
Photos by COL Randy Kim

Wing Over Camarillo Air Show was a parade of beautifully restored cars and aircraft.  The D-Day Doll was a hit and the s...
08/22/2019

Wing Over Camarillo Air Show was a parade of beautifully restored cars and aircraft. The D-Day Doll was a hit and the star of the opening ceremonies. She and the P-51 Mustang "Man O War" opened the Air Show with the United States Air Force Academy Parachute Team both Saturday and Sunday. Thank you all for your support. Bill Leech

D-Day Doll Drops The Air Force Acadmey Parachute Team At Camarillo.
08/21/2019

D-Day Doll Drops The Air Force Acadmey Parachute Team At Camarillo.

CAFIEW IN DA HOUSE WINGS OVER CAMARILLO  !!!Photos by COL Randy Kim
08/20/2019

CAFIEW IN DA HOUSE WINGS OVER CAMARILLO !!!
Photos by COL Randy Kim

Going Home after Camarillo, the D-Day Doll and What's Up Doc journey.
08/20/2019

Going Home after Camarillo, the D-Day Doll and What's Up Doc journey.

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6936 Flight Rd
Riverside, CA
92504

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00

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(951) 354-7954

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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
Thank you for flying over Stornoway!! To cloudy but what a sound!! So long my friends,safe trip over the pond...
Where will you be based while in Normandie ?
Louisville, Kentucky
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Photos I took the day the Doll left Flabob airport to return to the Riverside Airport,
Shots that I took the day before the D-Day Doll flew back to Riverside Airport
IEW CAF PROUD !!!