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.
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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!"

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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RIP LINDSEY DONALSON The WW II ADT Lost a member of their group . The CAFIEW n " D DAY DOLL " sends our deepest sympathy...
11/13/2020

RIP LINDSEY DONALSON
The WW II ADT Lost a member of their group .
The CAFIEW n " D DAY DOLL " sends our deepest sympathy n condolences to the ADT n family of Lindsey ...
Posted by CAF COL Randy Kim

Today our team is mourning the loss and yet committing ourselves to paying forward the life of Lindsey Donaldson—teammate, friend to our Veterans, and loving soul to all. Lindsey lost her life in a motor vehicle accident on Wednesday, just after leaving our Veterans Day exhibition in Tulsa, OK.

Lindsey was a force multiplier when it came to boosting people's morale. She was all about supporting our mission and vision. As a member of our Air Wing, Lindsey quickly found a place as their unofficial CIC, “Cheerleader In Charge.” She boosted people’s spirits with her bubbly personality and her positive nature rubbed off on everyone as she went about her work. That's invaluable in any organization and never to be discounted.

Central to Lindsey’s story is that her grandmother was a real-life Rosie the Riveter. During WWII, her grandmother helped assemble C-47’s at the Douglas plant in Oklahoma City. Her grandmother may have driven the rivets in the very aircraft we jump from. That was among the reasons Lindsey joined our team.

All of us here feel a special connection to history when we board our aircraft. But to look at, touch, and even smell those aircraft—which smell like a classic car—and know that your own grandmother may have helped build them? That’s a bond that only Lindsey could boast. She cherished it.

Lindsey was a hands-on person. If you got to know her, it was likely because you were working on a project with her. A favorite story of our team is that one day she asked if there was anything she could do to help. One of our ground crew asked if she would be willing to learn how to drive rivets. She replied, “Yes!”, and that solidified her connection with her grandmother.

Lindsey volunteered at the Military History Center in Broken Arrow, OK. Both there and on our team, she looked for any opportunity to reach out to Veterans. When she was paired with one, her sparkling enthusiasm overflowed. She took the time to care about our Veterans in a way that made them feel respected and cherished, and that’s a gift to them that can never be underestimated.

Lindsey let friendships within our team happen naturally. But once you got to know her you discovered that she was outgoing and thrived on maintaining connections.. In today’s world that typically means through Facebook and social media. In Lindsey’s world, that meant ham radio! Yes, Lindsey had connections all over the world, and she did it the old-fashioned way—through megahertz.

On Veterans Day she arranged for our aircraft to broadcast during our flyover of the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade. Her call sign, WW2ADT.

Lindsey loved her three dogs, she loved the outdoors, and she loved her favorite holiday, Christmas. We will miss her upbeat quick responses to things like “that’s fabs” and “you're adorbs.” She had her own pop terms for things, and not a one was negative. She didn’t know how to go there. We should all be so lucky.

Above all, Lindsey loved Jeeps. Any Jeeps. It could have been the WWII Jeeps at our facility or the newest Jeep designs coming out of Detroit. It didn’t matter. She was a “Jeeper,” a “Jeepster”, a “Geo Tracker.” She loved Jeep culture, and she knew that special “Jeep Wave” that Jeep owners give each other.

Through the help of her best friend and member of our team, David Snell, she finally found a red Jeep that became hers and which she cherished. She named it “Rosie.”

Lindsey experienced true joy driving her jeep. She was driving it Wednesday at the time of her accident, doing what she loved, finishing a day in the presence of the team that she loved.

Lindsey now smiles back at us from a distant shore, walking in a greater light which we cannot fully comprehend and rejoicing with those whose multitude we cannot number. As a Christian, that was her faith. We believe that she would want us to share that.

As we face the loss of Lindsey—and we are all in shock and dismay—Lindsey’s advice to us would be, “We can do it!” Those were the words of the famed caricature of Rosie the Riveter who Lindsey so admired. As a team and a family, we remain steadfast in the face of a loss like this. And, despite our grief, we sill must hold ourselves accountable to keep Lindsey’s spirit alive, in the little things we do and in the big ones.

We will miss you, Lindsey. We are humbled that you shared the gift of your life with us, and we are resolved to pay it forward. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends with our deepest sympathies.

Yes, Lindsey, “We CAN do it! And, we will. All The Way!

11/13/2020
Sound Off Films

AWESOME FOOTAGE! Well done Sound Off Films! ❤️

Happy Veterans Day! To all of those who have served or continue to serve we thank you for your sacrifice.

We are thrilled to be able to soon share our documentary with all of you.

INTO FLIGHT ONCE MORE, narrated by Gary Sinise, brings the history of June 6, 1944 to the present through the lens of one squadron and their epic recreation journey across the North Atlantic to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Along the trip we meet some of the last remaining D-Day Veterans and younger generations of men and women who have re-charted their path to honor their sacrifice and thank them for their service. The film will be available early 2021. We will share more updates soon.

Huge thanks to our partners!

Benovia Winery D-Day Squadron Bank of America Tunison Foundation
Executive Producers: Joe Anderson Eric Zipkin George McCrimlisk
For Sound Off: Greg Gheorghiu Gina Papabeis Mecky Creus
For Tunison Foundation: Jon Helminiak Lyndse Costabile Moreno Aguiari Kevin Riley

Special Thanks: Dynamic Aviation Fisher Automotive

A film by Adrienne Hall

www.intoflightoncemore.com

11/12/2020
Sound Off Films

INTO FLIGHT ONCE MORE
Exploits of the D DAY SQ flying back to the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion 6 Jun 2019 Includes footage of the D DAY DOLL

Happy Veterans Day! To all of those who have served or continue to serve we thank you for your sacrifice.

We are thrilled to be able to soon share our documentary with all of you.

INTO FLIGHT ONCE MORE, narrated by Gary Sinise, brings the history of June 6, 1944 to the present through the lens of one squadron and their epic recreation journey across the North Atlantic to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Along the trip we meet some of the last remaining D-Day Veterans and younger generations of men and women who have re-charted their path to honor their sacrifice and thank them for their service. The film will be available early 2021. We will share more updates soon.

Huge thanks to our partners!

Benovia Winery D-Day Squadron Bank of America Tunison Foundation
Executive Producers: Joe Anderson Eric Zipkin George McCrimlisk
For Sound Off: Greg Gheorghiu Gina Papabeis Mecky Creus
For Tunison Foundation: Jon Helminiak Lyndse Costabile Moreno Aguiari Kevin Riley

Special Thanks: Dynamic Aviation Fisher Automotive

A film by Adrienne Hall

www.intoflightoncemore.com

To all of our CAFIEW VETERANS a Huge Thank You  for Serving our Country to give us our Freedoms we enjoy  ... THANK YOU ...
11/11/2020

To all of our CAFIEW VETERANS a Huge Thank You for Serving our Country to give us our Freedoms we enjoy ... THANK YOU 🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲CAFIEW COL Randy Kim
RET. USAF 22YRS
'69 ' '71 VIET NAM COMBAT VETERAN 🇺🇲🇺🇲

Picture from the NIGHT FRIGHT C-47 RESTORATION PROJECT ....CAFIEW COL Randy Kim
10/31/2020

Picture from the NIGHT FRIGHT C-47 RESTORATION PROJECT ....
CAFIEW COL Randy Kim

Wishing everyone at the                CAFIEW     " HAPPY HALLOWEEN "                 CAF COL Randy Kim
10/31/2020

Wishing everyone at the
CAFIEW
" HAPPY HALLOWEEN "
CAF COL Randy Kim

OctoberfestSaturday Oct. 10th the wing got together after a 3 month hiatus.  It was good to see old friends and enjoy di...
10/13/2020

Octoberfest
Saturday Oct. 10th the wing got together after a 3 month hiatus. It was good to see old friends and enjoy dinner together. Shirley Kerr put together an Octoberfest program with games and food while Greg Fernandez and his wife Kathy set up the PX with new Decals, T-shirts and Teddy Bears. Overall it was a great evening to get back together again.

HAPPY 47th ANNIVERSARY to WALT n EVELYN  ...              Posted CAF IEW COL R Kim
10/07/2020

HAPPY 47th ANNIVERSARY to WALT n EVELYN ... Posted CAF IEW COL R Kim

It is with a sad heart that we were notified by our great friend J R STOCES who was responsible for the MAKE A WISH FLIG...
09/30/2020

It is with a sad heart that we were notified by our great friend J R STOCES who was responsible for the MAKE A WISH FLIGHT last week to honor NICHOLAS and the other children from CHOC passed away this morning and that he was still clutching his D DAY DOLL BEAR . Heaven has gained another ANGEL GONE WEST and all of us here at CAFIEW sends our sincerest prayers and condolences to NICHOLAS 'S family .
Posted by IEW Col R Kim

09/28/2020
The Golden Change

The CAFIEW n the D DAY DOLL was HONORED to be a part of the MAKE A WISH FLIGHT ...

This is "The Golden Change" by Matt Carter on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Capt. Chris Hicks is a member of the Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing, recently he was fighting the El Dorado ...
09/26/2020

Capt. Chris Hicks is a member of the Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing, recently he was fighting the El Dorado Fire in Yucaipa, CA. Flying a C-130J, #6. Here are a few photos taken on the 1st day of the fire. Thank you for your service.
Bill Leech

CAFIEW COL CHRIS       HICKS Not only is he a member of our Wing !Hes a USAF CAPT in the CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL GUARD ...
09/23/2020

CAFIEW COL CHRIS HICKS
Not only is he a member of our Wing !
Hes a USAF CAPT in the CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL GUARD of the 146th AIR WING
115th AIRLIFT SQ
Flying C-130Js and they also fly FIRE SUPPRESSION MISSIONS with the MAFFS
MODULAR AIRBORNE FIREFIGHTING SYSTEM .
Chis been flying C-130 J 06-1466 better known as
MAFFS 6 this past week. fighting the fires here in SOUTHERN CA. Thank you Chris for your Service 🇺🇸🔥🇺🇸🔥🇺🇸
Posted by CAFIEW COL Randy Kim

More pictures from the CAFIEW MAKE A WISH FLIGHT for the CANCER PATIENTS of CHOC ..    Posted by CAFIEW COL             ...
09/23/2020

More pictures from the CAFIEW MAKE A WISH FLIGHT for the CANCER PATIENTS of CHOC .. Posted by CAFIEW COL
Randy Kim

09/08/2020

This Slide Show is dedicated to the brave men and women of the California Division of Forestry, California Air National Guard, and Law Enforcement who are battling the many wild fires thru out California. The photographs depicted here only show the aerial side of the fight, but those are the limits of one's photography when you are shooting from your own front yard. The work of the ground crews are no less important than those than those who fly fire suppression. We at the Commemorative Air Force and the Inland Empire Wing have been limited on our Air Shows this year, however in the last month I have had two shows at my front door step, the Apple Fire and now the El Dorado Fire which brought about evacuation orders to my family. The CAF's Arizona Wing's B-17 "Sentimental Journey" flew fire suppression for 18 years before she was transferred to the Commemorative Air Force. Thank you for your hard and dedicated work. Music: "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins.
Bill Leech

VJ DAY 75 Victory Flight - THANK YOU D-DAY DOLL & CREW OF THE ALLIED WARBIRDS!!!-Gooney Bird Group - Betsy’s Biscuit Bom...
09/05/2020

VJ DAY 75 Victory Flight - THANK YOU D-DAY DOLL & CREW OF THE ALLIED WARBIRDS!!!
-Gooney Bird Group - Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber
-Flaybob Express
-Spirit of Benovia
-Thunderbird
-Virginia Ann
And the T6 Trainers flown by Chris Hicks and Tom Nightingale!!

In flight Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing D-Day Doll with WWII USS Missouri veteran Don Fosburg reminiscing t...
09/04/2020

In flight Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing D-Day Doll with WWII USS Missouri veteran Don Fosburg reminiscing that on September 2, 1945 Don turned 20 years old as Japan signed the surrender documents. God Bless you Don on your 95th birthday, may you live 95 more! ❤️

Thank you  Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing’s D-Day Doll for hosting these treasured WWII veterans for VJDAY 7...
09/04/2020

Thank you Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing’s D-Day Doll for hosting these treasured WWII veterans for VJDAY 75 Victory Flight: Bill & Betty Ridenour. Bill was in Tokyo Bay ready to attack Japan when the Atomic Bomb was dropped and his wife Betty is an original “Rosie the Riveter” who worked on the B-24 Liberators!!
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Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing D-Day Doll’s honored guests:Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman with his daught...
09/04/2020

Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing D-Day Doll’s honored guests:
Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman with his daughter Rachel and WWII paratrooper and Liberator Vincent J. Speranza. ❤️❤️❤️

09/03/2020
Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing

REPRESENT CAFIEW !!!
HONOR WWII VETERANS
VJ VICTORY FLIGHT
END OF WWII 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Posted by CAF Col Randy Kim

VJ DAY 75 Victory Flight with D-Day Doll’s Captain
Steve Rose. #vjday75

Well noted: All the WWII veteran passengers were impressed at his landings. “Extremely smooth” commented Paratrooper Vincent J. Speranza

09/03/2020

VJ DAY 75 Victory Flight with D-Day Doll’s Captain
Steve Rose. #vjday75

Well noted: All the WWII veteran passengers were impressed at his landings. “Extremely smooth” commented Paratrooper Vincent J. Speranza

09/02/2020

VJ DAY 75 Victory Flight over the Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship USS Iowa!

The USS Iowa (BB-61) is a retired battleship, the lead ship of her class. The Iowa is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. And the fourth in the United States Navy to be named after the state of Iowa.

09/02/2020

Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber Victory Flight commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VJ DAY!

09/02/2020

VJ DAY 75 Victory Flyover with C-47 Fleet, D-Day Doll, Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber, Spirit of Benovia, Flaybob Express, Thunderbird, Virginia Ann and various T-6 Warbird aircraft. Monumental locations include:
-Long Beach Airport
-Tustin Blimp Hangars
-El Toro USMC Base
-WWII Submarine Museum West
-Queen Mary
-Battleship Iowa
-Zamperini Field
-LAX
-Santa Monica Airport
-Holocaust Museum
-Brackett Field
-Ontario Airport
-Cal Aero Chino

09/02/2020

HAPPY 95th BIRTHDAY VJ DAY veteran DON FOSBURG!! ❤️ 75 years ago, Mr. Fosburg celebrated his 20th Birthday on the USS Missouri as the Japanese signed the surrender documents.

09/02/2020

Allied aircraft, Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber joins the VJ DAY 75 Fleet! ...and away we go...

09/02/2020

“MY HERO, MY SAVIOR!” words spoken by Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman to Liberator Vincent J. Speranza. VJ DAY 75 with D-Day Doll.
Footage in “Raw” form...visual effect only.

09/02/2020

CAF IEW D-Day Doll Arrived at Long Beach, California with WWII Veterans USS Missouri Don Fosburg who was on the ship at the time the treaty was signed, Bill Ridenour was on his way to attack Japan until the atomic bomb was dropped before arrival, Betty Ridenour the original “Rosie the Riveter” worked on the B-24 Liberator, Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman and Vincent J. Speranza Paratrooper & Liberator...

09/02/2020

IN FLIGHT on D-Day Doll for VJ DAY 75! Meeting the Victory Fleet in Long Beach, California

09/02/2020

Boarding the Commemorative Air Force Inland Empire Wing, D-Day Doll!!! With WWII Veterans.

09/02/2020

Pre-boarding D-Day Doll for Victory Flight VJ DAY 75!! See you in Long Beach...

Surfing GOOGLE for info and came across this article about DC3s and a video of the mass takeoff from DUXFORD ENGLAND to ...
08/28/2020
How Many DC-3 Are Still Flying? - Simple Flying

Surfing GOOGLE for info and came across this article about DC3s and a video of the mass takeoff from DUXFORD ENGLAND to FRANCE and the 75th Anniversary of the NORMANDY Invasion which included footage of our D DAY DOLL Posted by CAFIEW COL Randy Kim

The Douglas Commercial 3 (DC-3) was one of the most mass-produced, well-engineered aircraft in history. Built to last,…

Hey CAMM heard you were on the mend !!! So all of us here at the CAFIEW sending GET WELL SOON !!!               Posted b...
08/25/2020

Hey CAMM heard you were on the mend !!! So all of us here at the CAFIEW sending GET WELL SOON !!!
Posted by Col R Kim

HISTORY OF THE D DAY SQUADRON                     Posted by COL Randy Kim
08/25/2020
The Mighty Fifteen - The American Contingent Flying to Normandy | D-Day Squadron

HISTORY OF THE D DAY SQUADRON
Posted by COL Randy Kim

After almost 18 months of planning, fundraising and training, the D-Day Squadron, the American contingent of Douglas C-47 and DC-3 transports participating in Daks over Normandy, is about to embark on their journey to Europe to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On May 19th, the D-Day Squadron...

CAFIEW UPDATE           20 AUG 2020 .....Due to State Mandates we are still closed untill futher notice.  Thank you for ...
08/20/2020

CAFIEW UPDATE
20 AUG 2020 .....
Due to State Mandates we are still closed untill futher notice. Thank you for your support and patience !

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Some other wonderful pictures of the D-Day Doll, from our "So Cal Strong" flight on Memorial Day, as we left San Bernardino International Airport, and on the ground at Chino Airport - California to salute the fallen, and our heroic front line heroes, in the battle against Covid-19. Beautiful pictures by Pamala Ledbetter. Thank you Pam !!
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