About the CAF Heart of America Wing
Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has approximately 9,000 members and a fleet of 156 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 74 units located in 27 states for care and operation.
Inspired by the dedication and courage of those who built and flew the early aircraft, thousands of men and women have recognized the importance of delivering this message of history to future generations.
We tell the stories. . .we fly the airplanes. . .we keep the spirit of excitement and hope alive today.
The Heart of America Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is fortunate to be located in the heart of the old Olathe Naval Air Station (now New Century AirCenter), commissioned in 1942 as the primary training facility for naval pilots during World War II. Today, the CAF lives and works where aviation history was made. Our fully-restored airplanes take off, fly and land where their counterparts did in the 1940s.
The Heart of America Wing has as members a group of men and women of diverse ages and backgrounds, but all sharing a dedication to preserving our military aviation history. We are honored to have as members a number of veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The dedication and hard work of our members allows us to maintain our planes in excellent flying condition and to build our museum, develop educational programs, and maintain an active presence in the community.
We meet the third Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for a short business meeting and scheduled presentation/speaker followed by lunch. Members of the public are welcome to join us. Additional information about upcoming speakers and activities at our hangar can be found in the events section of our website.