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.
The three different levels of sponsorship are:
Aircraft / Pilot Sponsor
The highest level of aircraft support is the Aircraft/Pilot Sponsor, who for a donation of from $1,500 to $10,000 becomes a full sponsor of a chosen aircraft and is eligible for selection as a pilot in command or other flight crew member, if they are qualified.
The specific costs of a Aircraft Sponsorship depend on the type of aircraft, and a table of current sponsorship costs is available. Many non-pilots choose to become Aircraft Sponsors to express their support of a favorite aircraft, realizing the expense of keeping them flying.
The Restoration Sponsor
A second level of support is the Restoration Sponsor, who for a donation of from $750 to $5,000 shows their significant support for the restoration or continuing maintenance of a CAF aircraft, and may participate in its operation as a second in command pilot or other crew position, if they are otherwise qualified and additional crew members are required.
A Restoration Sponsorship may be upgraded to a Aircraft Sponsorship, thus making it possible for some sponsors to help restore aircraft and then fly them.
The Supporting Sponsor
The Supporting Sponsor is the third level in the Sponsor Program, and allows members to support an aircraft with donations from $150 to $1,000, again depending on the specific aircraft type.
Supporting sponsors may be eligible to serve in non-pilot crew positions, such as Crew Chief, Navigator, Bombardier, or Scanner on some aircraft, and Mechanic or Support Crew on all types, depending on their training, qualifications, and the need for additional crew members.
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