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Come and Take It is a talk show about Texas, by Texans. Three friends born and raised in Texas share their views on the state’s history, culture, and just what it means to be Texan.

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Sean McIver

#35: The Commemorative Air Force

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From their beginnings as a group of aircraft enthusiasts in the Rio Grande Valley pooling their money to purchase a surplus World War 2 fighter, the Commemorative Air Force has grown into a nationwide organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of history’s greatest warbirds.

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  • Commemorative Air Force Headquarters

    This is the official site of the Commemorative Air Force. It includes links to the many Squadrons and Wings, locations where you can see the historic aircraft, the calender of events, and information on how you can join the CAF and become a Colonel yourself!

  • The Confederate Air Force Flies At Last

    A wonderful 1963 article from the Sports Illustrated Vaultabout the early days of the Commemorative Air Force and their illustrious founding Colonels:

    Out of the sun-bleached skies above Texas’ vast Rio Grande Valley comes the whine and snarl of aerial ghosts, a priceless handful of World War II fighter planes rescued from rusty oblivion by a group of drawling, nostalgic pilots

  • MILAVIA air show calendar

    This site lists air shows where you can catch many of the famed warbirds of the CAF. This link shows Texas-based shows, but the site covers shows worldwide.

  • CAF B-29 / B-24 Squadron

    This is the official site for the CAF squadron that is the current home of Fifi, the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress.

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