Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing

Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing Minnesota's Premier WWII Museum, located at Fleming Field, South Saint Paul. A large collection of aircraft, vehicles and artifacts presents a fun and educational experience! Visit www.cafmn.org for more info!
We began as an aircraft maintenance detachment and spread into operating numerous aircraft, vehicles and operating a museum.
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Museum dedicated to the preservation of military artifacts in operating condition.

Mission: The mission of the CAF is education, such that generations of Americans will value and support the contributions of military aviation in assuring our nation's freedom.

We are heartbroken to learn that Lt Col Richard "Dick" Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, and long-time B-25 and...
04/09/2019

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.

The L-5 is in the process of getting its annual inspection and will soon be delighting passengers with sunshine and sky!...
04/07/2019

The L-5 is in the process of getting its annual inspection and will soon be delighting passengers with sunshine and sky! Do you know how far back the L-5 design goes? What year did the L-5 make its first flight?

Are you in or around Mitchell, SD?  In just 13 days we'll be there for one day only and this is your big chance to cross...
04/06/2019
Miss Mitchell at Mitchell, SD- April 19, 2019

Are you in or around Mitchell, SD? In just 13 days we'll be there for one day only and this is your big chance to cross "B-25 Ride" off your bucket list!

Miss Mitchell will be in Mitchell, SD from FOR ONE DAY ONLY- Friday, April 19th. Please pre-book a ride with us.We will be conducting historyflights out of Mitchell Municipal Airport.FBO: Wright Bros. Aviation 1-605-996-1228 www.wrightbrothersaviation.comIn addition to rides, we will also be giving....

If you're coming out this weekend, just a head's up about traffic that we got from the city.  Leave yourself some extra ...
04/05/2019

If you're coming out this weekend, just a head's up about traffic that we got from the city. Leave yourself some extra time, we'll be here for you. ;)

The BT-13 should be hitting the paint shop this month, so stay tuned for updates.  What's your favorite WWII trainer col...
04/05/2019

The BT-13 should be hitting the paint shop this month, so stay tuned for updates. What's your favorite WWII trainer color scheme?

04/04/2019

Miss Mitchel runup from yesterday. Are you ready to go flying?

Do you know what important B-25 anniversary is coming up? Maybe you can catch up with us to celebrate!
04/04/2019
RAID ACROSS SOUTH DAKOTA News South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Do you know what important B-25 anniversary is coming up? Maybe you can catch up with us to celebrate!

RAID ACROSS SOUTH DAKOTA! March 30, 2019 – By South Dakota Air & Space Museum On April 17, the SDASM will be conducting the "Raid Across South Dakota" to commemorate South Dakota's contribution to the famous Doolittle Raid of April 18, 1942!We'll be flying an authentic WWII B-25 bomber from Siou...

Sarah Byrn Rickman came by the hangar for a tour last week. She’s written several books about the WASP and has a new o...
04/03/2019

Sarah Byrn Rickman came by the hangar for a tour last week. She’s written several books about the WASP and has a new one (Nancy Love, WASP Pilot) coming out in May geared towards young adults! Do you have a personal connection to the WASP program?

#WomenWednesay Sarah Byrn Rickman - Author

This past weekend, our dedicated restoration volunteers installed the first aid pouch assembly into the aft section of o...
04/02/2019

This past weekend, our dedicated restoration volunteers installed the first aid pouch assembly into the aft section of our B-25J. It was recreated from the original North American Aviation plans. All the little details help to make Miss Mitchell a flying museum and history class room. Do you collect period militaria like this? Let's see what you have!

In a stunning announcement upturning more than 50 years of tradition, the Minnesota Secretary of State announced today t...
04/01/2019

In a stunning announcement upturning more than 50 years of tradition, the Minnesota Secretary of State announced today that Miss Mitchell will replace the Common Loon as the State Bird of Minnesota. Citing the fact that "it's just way cooler than a loon" the decision was made on April 1, 2019. 😉

Our new online PX is open for business!  Come check out the new selection and tell us what you think! https://www.cafmn....
03/31/2019
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Our new online PX is open for business! Come check out the new selection and tell us what you think! https://www.cafmn.org/shop.html

If you missed out on picking up an awesome souvenir at an airshow or when you visited the museum, you can purchase a few of our items below. Please allow 3-5 for shipping. All items are shipped by...

Last weekend we finished up B-25 Ground School so this weekend is SNJ Ground School.  SNJ was the Navy's designation for...
03/30/2019

Last weekend we finished up B-25 Ground School so this weekend is SNJ Ground School. SNJ was the Navy's designation for what popular WWII trainer?

It was a balmy 64 degrees in South St. Paul yesterday so we thought it would be the perfect time to take Miss Mitchell o...
03/28/2019

It was a balmy 64 degrees in South St. Paul yesterday so we thought it would be the perfect time to take Miss Mitchell outside for her spring bath! It's almost time to take her out and show her off to the world again. Where will we see you this season?

Here's a big #WarbirdWednesday shout out to our hard-working volunteers who are improving our historic restoration of Mi...
03/27/2019

Here's a big #WarbirdWednesday shout out to our hard-working volunteers who are improving our historic restoration of Miss Mitchell every day! Here are some detailed pics of the new ammo racks in the back. The green plates are armor plates which protected the crew against enemy fire. What do you think?

Since our BT-13 is headed to the paint shop, and nearly ready to unveil her new colors, here's a little #TriviaTuesday: ...
03/26/2019

Since our BT-13 is headed to the paint shop, and nearly ready to unveil her new colors, here's a little #TriviaTuesday: The BT-13 Valiant was one of the most famously used trainers in #WWII, and affectionately nicknamed the "Vultee Vibrator," but do you know why?

We can't wait for flying season!  Are you ready to go up?📷 Dynamic Photowerks
03/25/2019

We can't wait for flying season! Are you ready to go up?

📷 Dynamic Photowerks

Red Bull's Flugtag, the event that showcases how few people actually understand how things fly 😆, is making a comebac...
03/24/2019

Red Bull's Flugtag, the event that showcases how few people actually understand how things fly 😆, is making a comeback in the Twin Cities! When Flugtag was here in 2010, Rachel Norman and her team flying "Miss Mitchell II" set a world record for flight distance! What will happen this time?

Rachel's story: https://bit.ly/2HApyBX
Upcoming event: https://bit.ly/2CwnVRP

Ammo racks being installed in Miss Mitchell.  The restoration gets better by the day!  Looks like a good place to put al...
03/23/2019

Ammo racks being installed in Miss Mitchell. The restoration gets better by the day! Looks like a good place to put all those freshly painted rounds from our post last week!

This weekend our B-25 ground school is in full swing. Almost flying season!
03/23/2019

This weekend our B-25 ground school is in full swing. Almost flying season!

The answer to yesterday's #ThrowbackThursday question? The device is a replica of the "Mark Twain" bombsight used by the...
03/22/2019

The answer to yesterday's #ThrowbackThursday question? The device is a replica of the "Mark Twain" bombsight used by the Doolittle Raiders in 1942. All of the items were donated to us by Mark Doolittle who was a cousin of Jimmy Doolittle.

This #ThrowbackThursday takes us all the way back to 1942 and the Doolittle Raid.  As B-25 operators, you know the Dooli...
03/21/2019

This #ThrowbackThursday takes us all the way back to 1942 and the Doolittle Raid. As B-25 operators, you know the Doolittle Raid holds a special place in our hearts, and so does this item from our museum collection! This item, signed by several of the Raiders themselves, cost 20 cents to make in 1942 and was equipped to all 16 B-25s on the raid. Do you know what it is?

Do you have a school group, scout troop, club, or other group that would like to come and tour our museum?  We love arra...
03/20/2019
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Do you have a school group, scout troop, club, or other group that would like to come and tour our museum? We love arranging group visits even outside our normal hours. You can set up a time on our website at the link!

Our museum is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge. Donations are always welcome and appreciated when visiting.

Do you belong to a group or manage any events that could do with an impressive and patriotic flyover?  We would love to ...
03/19/2019

Do you belong to a group or manage any events that could do with an impressive and patriotic flyover? We would love to impress your guests with a WWII warbird tribute. For a quote, message us or email [email protected].

This Motor Pool Monday features a fine looking specimen... can you identify it?
03/18/2019

This Motor Pool Monday features a fine looking specimen... can you identify it?

Last year we installed this radio as part of the historic restoration of our B-25 Miss Mitchell.  Any radio aficionados ...
03/16/2019

Last year we installed this radio as part of the historic restoration of our B-25 Miss Mitchell. Any radio aficionados out there who can actually ID the set?

Have you ever ridden in Miss Mitchell?  Tell everyone else here how amazing it was!
03/15/2019

Have you ever ridden in Miss Mitchell? Tell everyone else here how amazing it was!

This #ThrowbackThursday let's have a look at one of our museum's display cases, this one showing some Japanese WWII-era ...
03/14/2019

This #ThrowbackThursday let's have a look at one of our museum's display cases, this one showing some Japanese WWII-era items. What is your area of highest interest in the era?

Our crew is working on restoring our Dehmel Trainer for our museum to compliment our Link Trainer.  Are you familiar wit...
03/14/2019

Our crew is working on restoring our Dehmel Trainer for our museum to compliment our Link Trainer. Are you familiar with the Dehmel? Do you know what it's for?

Our Motor Pool has been busy lately! Last Saturday, our M-37 had a starting roll in the IPR student film "Frost Bite.""F...
03/12/2019

Our Motor Pool has been busy lately! Last Saturday, our M-37 had a starting roll in the IPR student film "Frost Bite."

"Frost Bite" was nominated for 12 awards at this year's Z-Fest Film Festival and will be screening at the Best of Fest screening and awards ceremony on March 22nd!

We couldn't do what we do without the generous support of our donors and partner, and sometimes it's the little things t...
03/11/2019

We couldn't do what we do without the generous support of our donors and partner, and sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference, lik these supplies donated to the motor pool by Rosemount Advance Auto Parts and Lucas Oil. Let's all give them both a "Thank You!" for keeping our vehicles running on this Motor Pool Monday!

Now through April 7, we are collecting at the Museum for the FoodShare 2019 Minnesota March food drive. We're helping Ne...
03/09/2019

Now through April 7, we are collecting at the Museum for the FoodShare 2019 Minnesota March food drive. We're helping Neighbors, Inc. compete in this statewide campaign to collect 325,000 pounds of food for those in need. Items that are needed include:

• Peanut Butter
• Jelly
• Pancake Mix
• Syrup
• Soup
• Canned Vegetables

Bring your non-perishable food items to the hangar to drop in the barrel, or if you would like to make a cash donation, please private message the page. Thank you!

It's the little details that matter in a historic restoration like our B-25 Miss Mitchell.  Check out the detail work we...
03/08/2019

It's the little details that matter in a historic restoration like our B-25 Miss Mitchell. Check out the detail work we've done painting the tips of the 200 rounds of ammo aboard! Do you know what the three colors on the tips mean?

Are you a WWII re-enactor?  How about just a history buff?  What has been your favorite WWII-themed event you've attende...
03/07/2019

Are you a WWII re-enactor? How about just a history buff? What has been your favorite WWII-themed event you've attended?

The canvas "bag" on the waist gun is a new item installed as part of the historic restoration we are doing on Miss Mitch...
03/06/2019

The canvas "bag" on the waist gun is a new item installed as part of the historic restoration we are doing on Miss Mitchell. Do you know what it's for?

The BT-13 is almost ready for the paint shop.  Have a look!Do you know how many BT-13s were produced for the war?
03/05/2019

The BT-13 is almost ready for the paint shop. Have a look!

Do you know how many BT-13s were produced for the war?

This Motor Pool Monday, an update on the motor pool itself. This is part of "Operation Jerry's Place" to fix up the appe...
03/05/2019

This Motor Pool Monday, an update on the motor pool itself. This is part of "Operation Jerry's Place" to fix up the appearance of the motor pool. This is the first of 4 windows to get this treatment. Motor Pool volunteers, Randy & Scott did all the work. It’s just the start of the motor pool clean up and revamp. When are you going to come check it out?

A few of our members are in Dallas this weekend attending the Commemorative Air Force Wing Staff Conference.  Yesterday,...
03/02/2019

A few of our members are in Dallas this weekend attending the Commemorative Air Force Wing Staff Conference. Yesterday, we headed out to the CAF HQ at Dallas Executive Airport for an important announcement and groundbreaking ceremony for the new Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center. You can read the whole story on the CAF website here: https://bit.ly/2GXAlWG

Today we had lunch and heard the state of the CAF address by President Hank Coates. Great weekend of learning and seeing old friends!

03/01/2019
Commemorative Air Force

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This morning we held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction and the naming of our $8million, 47,000-square-foot National Aviation Education Center at Dallas Executive Airport.

The center will include a STEM Innovation aircraft hangar, classrooms, and exhibit space, and will be the first phase of our plan for an aviation campus called the CAF National Airbase.

CAF President Hank Coates announced the naming of the center, the Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center, in honor of the philanthropist, World War II veteran and long-time CAF Member, Henry B. Tippie.

Funding for the project was helped significantly with a contribution of the Ray Foundation, an organization based in Florida established by the late James C. Ray, a former B-17 pilot who also served in WWII and established the foundation to support educational programs, especially those promoting aviation.

The largest component of the building will be a 30,000 square foot STEM Innovation Hangar. This new hangar space will serve as a large area where youth will interact with the CAF’s rare World War II aircraft and learn principles of aviation. This hangar was named after the late Vic N. Agather, World War II veteran and one of the CAF’s early members who is responsible for helping the organization acquire the rare flying B-29 Superfortress, known as FIFI.

The ceremony was well attended by hundreds of CAF members from across the country and included appearances by Dallas City Council Member and Mayor Pro-tem Casey Thomas, the City of Dallas Director of Aviation Mark Duebner, and Missouri Congressman and long-time CAF member Sam Graves.

Education is central to the CAF’s core mission of preserving and flying historical aircraft. By teaching World War II history through its collection of artifacts, showing students how aircraft fly, and creating STEM educational programming, the CAF will create an education center that provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all who walk through its doors. Construction of the Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center is expected to begin this summer, with the goal of being operational in late 2020.

Here are a few more #ThrowbackThursday shots of Flemming Field in the 50s and 60s courtesy of Superfan George Alex.  Can...
02/28/2019

Here are a few more #ThrowbackThursday shots of Flemming Field in the 50s and 60s courtesy of Superfan George Alex. Can you name the two aircraft?

A couple of weeks ago, we got in a donation of artifacts to the museum, and this trench art was included.  Do you collec...
02/27/2019

A couple of weeks ago, we got in a donation of artifacts to the museum, and this trench art was included. Do you collect any military memorabilia?

Our L-17 Navion project is coming right along!  What do you think of the job so far?
02/26/2019

Our L-17 Navion project is coming right along! What do you think of the job so far?

Another Motor Pool Monday mystery for you: Can you guess what this part is?  We'll give you a hint: it goes to a staff c...
02/25/2019

Another Motor Pool Monday mystery for you: Can you guess what this part is? We'll give you a hint: it goes to a staff car.

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310 Airport Rd Hangar 3 Fleming Field
South Saint Paul, MN
55075

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Saturday 09:30 - 17:30

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