We have 12 WWII era aircraft. Three are in restoration, one is grounded and is currently a static display; the remaining eight aircraft are flyable. Click on an airplane to find out more about it.
CURTISS C-46F COMMANDO
The history of the C-46F “China Doll” is typical of post-WWII surplus transport aircraft.
FAIRCHILD PT-19A CORNELL
This beautifully-restored antique training plane is owned by Capt. Charles Plumb, USN (Ret.), of Calabasas, CA.
The restoration of this Fairchild F-24 has been successfully completed with a maiden flight on Thursday August 18, 2016.
GRUMMAN F6F HELLCAT
Painted in the colors of Cmdr. David McCampbell, USN, Air Group Commander of VF-19 on the USS Essex during WWII.
GRUMMAN F8F-2 BEARCAT
The Southern California Wing acquired the “Bearcat” in 1991 when Lefty Gardner flew the airplane from Chino, California to the Camarillo Airport
MITSUBISHI A6M3 ZERO
The A6M3 was built after the Battle of Midway, with longer wings, folding wing-tips (for carrier use), a more powerful engine and the longest range of all the Zeros.
P-51D MUSTANG MAN’O’WAR
Man’O’War is a North American P-51D Mustang converted to a two seat configuration and is an iconic WWII fighter.
NORTH AMERICAN PBJ MITCHELL
One day before the 23rd anniversary of our beloved B25-PBJ-1J coming to CAFSoCal on May 16th, 1993, the big bird graced the skies of Ventura county once again.
NORTH AMERICAN SNJ-4 TEXAN
The Commemorative Air Force’s SNJ-4 Texan “BlueBird” was originally delivered to the US Navy on September 21, 1942 from North American Aviation
NORTH AMERICAN SNJ-5 TEXAN
The Commemorative Air Force’s SNJ-5 Texan “290” was originally ordered by the Army Air Corps as 42-84895
On March 3, 2017, after 6+ years of decorating our maintenance hangar, the work on the YAK-3 engine cooling was completed and the Alison engine once again breathe life into this airplane.
SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MK XIV
The Mk XIV was the most successful of all the variants at destroying V-1 flying bombs, accounting for 300 kills.
Sponsor An Aircraft
You can help “Keep the CAF Flying!” There are several ways you can play a part in keeping our aircraft flying and keeping history alive.
Interested in sharing in the cost of restoring, maintaining, and operating a particular CAF aircraft? Become an aircraft sponsor!
Within its first two decades of existence, the CAF attained one of its major goals, the acquisition of one of each major type of combat aircraft to serve with U.S. forces in World War II. The principal funding for these acquisitions came from the Aircraft Sponsorship Program, which was then, and continues to be now, a key ingredient in the success of the CAF.
In the spirit of the founders of the CAF, the basic concept of the sponsor program is cost sharing. Open to an individual, group, or corporation, the CAF Aircraft Sponsorship Program helps fund the restoration and major maintenance of CAF aircraft.