Founded in 1957, the mission of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is education, such that generations of Americans will value and support the contributions of military aviation in assuring our nation's freedom. The CAF owns and operates 165 historic airplanes - the largest collection of vintage military aircraft in the world. Our educational outreach impacts millions of Americans each year through school presentations, flight demonstrations, air shows, living history reenactments, and other events. CAF membership totals 11,000.
The CAF moved its headquarters to the Dallas Executive Airport in 2015. At the heart of the CAF's future plans is the construction of a world-class aviation museum attraction. Aimed at a broad family audience, it will focus on telling the story of military aviation in World War II and the men and women who built, flew and maintained the airplanes that changed the world forever.
The Commemorative Air Force aims to inspire young people with its CAF RISE ABOVE education program. This program focuses on the stories of socially segregated groups in World War II who were able to rise above society's view of their capabilities. In 2011, we launched our first national education outreach program - CAF RISE ABOVE: Red Tail. This program reaches audiences with the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots. Their strength of character and ability to triumph over adversity encourages others to overcome obstacles in their own lives and achieve their goals. The signature element of the CAF RISE ABOVE program is the unique mobile theater which allows visitors to encounter the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibit reaches more than 40,000 people each year, half of which are school children. The CAF is seeking funding to increase the availability of the traveling exhibit to Dallas area schools during Black History Month in February. The goal is to reach 3,000 Dallas area students, with 80% of the school-aged children from low-income families. Your support will help us bring the exhibit to more students and schools, particularly in southern Dallas.
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