About the Mile High Wing of the Commemorative Air Force
The Mile High Wing is a local unit of the organization known as the Commemorative Air Force. The CAF is a worldwide, all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation in flying condition of the great warplanes that dominated the skies during World War II. Starting in 1958 with a P-51 Mustang and two F8F Bearcats, the CAF is approaching its goal of collecting at least one example of every aircraft used by the United States armed forces in WWII.
"Keep 'em flying" is our motto.
With over 9,000 members and 160 aircraft assigned to local Wings and Squadrons, the National Headquarters is at Dallas, Texas. Of these aircraft, about 100 are in flyable condition at any time and many of these are the only flying examples left in the world. This is the direct result of the monumental restoration and maintenance efforts required to keep these 65+ year old aircraft airworthy. We believe that the only way to properly present these gallant warriors is to allow the public to see them in the air, hear the engines run, and touch the same thin aluminum that offers no protection from enemy bullets.
The Mile High Wing received its charter in February, 1999. We are based out of the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colorado (Denver Metro area). We have 42 members and growing. All of our members are volunteers who have a great love for maintaining these war veterans aircraft for the years ahead. Our Wing, like any CAF unit, receives no federal funding. The brief summer air show season, aircraft tours, memorabilia sales and on-goinging financial support by the members themselves, are the only way our Wing maintains it's self. All monies go towards the acquistion and maintaince of the aircraft.
Our aircraft is a 1943 Beech 18. Ordered by the US Navy for WWII and designated an SNB-5 and saw active duty until 1969. More about our aircraft can be found here.