From The Archive – Photo Tour of the CAF Dixie Wing’s SBD Dauntless

SBD-Websize-MAINWARBIRD RADIO – This particular SBD Dauntless is one of my all time favorites.  When I was a child, this particular SBD was in the care of the Corpus Christi Wing of the CAF.  During WWII my grandfather was a tail-gunner on a Dauntless similar to this one.  When I was growing up, the SBD looked nothing like it does today (can you believe it was kept outside), but my grandfather loved it.

My family was involved with the wing back then, so dad routinely took my grandfather out to see his beloved SBD.  It was his connection to the SBD that showed me what these airplanes truly represent.

Today, my grandfather is gone but his stories and his generation’s sacrifice is still known because of these flying memorials.  The Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in Peachtree City, Georgia lovingly restored the SBD several years ago and today “it is as it was” during WWII.  According to the Dixie Wing’s website the specs below are for their SBD Dauntless.  Enjoy the photo tour (over 4 pages posted at the bottom of the page)!

FYI…you can take a flight on this Dauntless and help keep the history alive!  Click the Quick Link for more information on the Dixie Wing and their flight experiences.


Matt Jolley
Warbird Radio LIVE!

QUICK LINK:  Dixie Wing

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 33 ft 1¼ in (10.09 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 6�…oe in (12.66 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m)
  • Wing area: 325 ft² (30.19 m²)
  • Empty weight: 6,404 lb (2,905 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 9,359 lb (4,245 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 10,700 lb (4,853 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820-60 radial engine, 1,200 hp (895 kW)
  • Maximum speed: 255 mph (222 knots, 410 km/h) at 14,000 ft (4,265 m)
  • Cruise speed: 185 mph (161 knots, 298 km/h)
  • Range: 1,115 mi (970 nmi, 1,795 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,530 ft (7,780 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,700 ft/min (8.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 32.9 lb/ft² (140.6 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 8.92 lb/hp (5.42 kg/kW)
  • Guns: **2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) forward-firing synchronized Browning M2 machine guns in engine cowling
    • 2 × 0.30 in (7.62 mm) flexible-mounted Browning machine gun in rear
  • Bombs: 2,250 lb (1,020 kg) of bombs

Fly The B-17 “Texas Raiders”

WARBIRD RADIO – Step back in time and go flying on the B-17 Texas Raiders.  Warbird Radio LIVE’s own Matt Jolley hopped a ride with TR and her crew during Wings Over Houston and brought along his camera.  Here’s what it looked like.  Enjoy!

FYI:  if you’d like to go flying on Texas Raiders the Quick Link posted will below will take you directly to the ride program info.

QUICK LINK:  Texas Raider’s Website

Warbird Radio LIVE! – CAF Moves To Dallas & Fly EAA’s B-17 – Episode 538

CAF-Wings-300dpiWARBIRD RADIO – Hear the news about the CAF’s big move to Dallas from Commemorative Air Force CEO Steve Brown.  Plus, listen in as WR’s own Zane Adams recounts his flight on the EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”.  Matt also outlines the plans for the new live channel coming this summer and all the new shows.

QUICK LINK:  Commemorative Air Force


ASL Camguard Inventor Ed Kollin & The CAF Dixie Wing Photo Clinic Guys – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 519

EdKollinASLCamGuard1WARBIRD RADIO – ASL Camguard inventor and engine test guru Ed Kollin joins Matt Jolley with a lively discussion about aircraft engine oil and oil additives.  Ed dispels all the myths and gets down to the hardcore data about additives and proper engine care.  Matt also welcome Moreno Aguiari and Tony Granata from the Commemorative Air Force’s Dixie Wing in Peachtree City, Georgia.

The Dixie Wing guys are hosting an aviation photography clinic this November and want you to attend.  The proceeds will help pay the bill on the F4U Corsair that’s now in their care.  Visit the Quick Links below for more information.  Thanks for tuning in!


QUICK LINK:  Dixie Wing Aviation Photo Workshop

The Search Is On! Commemorative Air Force Establishing National Airbase

Fifi_edited-1WARBIRD RADIO – According to a recent news release, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced plans to establish the CAF National Airbase at a major metropolitan area and its intent to launch a nationwide search immediately.  The new facility, described by CAF officials as an “Airbase,” will contain a year-round aviation attraction, house CAF Staff and support volunteer CAF members who will organize and execute an annual warbird air show/fly-in.  This new Airbase will also serve as a base of operations for some of the CAF’s most significant flying vintage military aircraft. “The Commemorative Air Force’s mission is Education – such that Americans will value and support the contributions of military aviation in assuring our nation’s freedom.  But, in today’s environment, we have to find new ways to educate and break away from traditional and increasingly outdated methods,” said CAF President/CEO Stephan C. Brown. “The CAF plans to establish several Airbases at key locations around the country. At each Airbase, the public attraction will contain flying vintage military aircraft combined with interactive educational displays, entertaining activities and an annual airshow.  Additionally, the CAF will look to partner with other leading innovative, historical, educational and entertainment based organizations to accomplish its mission.” The CAF, which was founded more than 55 years ago, is dedicated to maintaining and flying its fleet of 156 vintage military aircraft in order to educate Americans on the history and importance of our country’s efforts to protect freedom through airpower.  Brown said the CAF has concluded a strategic planning initiative that included the “Airbase Strategy,” a dynamic 10- year plan designed to continue – and elevate – its educational impact on the American public. “One of the first steps in the Airbase Strategy is to initiate a search to establish the CAF National Airbase,” Brown explained. “The CAF Headquarters has been located in Midland, Texas since 1991 and the CAF will continue its strong presence there. In doing so, the CAF will upgrade the CAF Airpower Museum experience to include more significant airplanes and will continue to produce the annual Midland/Odessa based CAF AIRSHO. The CAF is a core part of the culture in West Texas and will continue to be such even as we reach out to increase our national prominence.” Brown added that if a suitable location is found for the National Airbase, the Board of Directors has made the decision to relocate its Headquarters’ personnel and operations. Brown said the CAF’s ongoing efforts to honor American military aviation would be best served by influencing a larger segment of the American population as well as international visitors to the U.S.

“This can only be accomplished by establishing a world-class attraction at a location which has a significant population, with a strong tourism component,” he said. “Sites under consideration need to meet minimum runway length and width requirements, as well as a population minimum, economic incentives and tourism potential. The successful location will be a city anxious to host this educational and entertaining attraction.” Brown said the CAF Board of Directors envisions this new National Airbase as the pinnacle of the organization’s 60 existing facilities that are currently spread over 28 states and maintained by the CAF’s 10,000 member-volunteers.  “The CAF National Airbase will house and serve as a stage to share a rotating group of the most significant military aviation assets in history,” Brown concluded. “For over 55 years we have been restoring, maintaining and operating the world’s largest fleet of flying vintage military aircraft and we expect this Airbase to become a premier destination for the host city chosen.”

Any cities wishing to make a Request For Information (RFI) should contact Jubal Smith with Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. at  (214) 438-6235 or

In 1957, a small group of ex-service pilots pooled their money to purchase a P-51 Mustang, beginning what is now called the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). With the addition of a pair of F8F Bearcats, the CAF became the founders of the Warbird Movement, an effort to preserve and honor our military history with the rallying cry to “Keep ‘Em Flying!” Now, more than 55 years later, the CAF is the premier Warbird organization, operating 156 vintage aircraft in Honor of American Military Aviation. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 10,000 members and its fleet of historic aircraft is distributed to 73 units located in 28 states for care and operation.

For more information click the Quick Link below.

QUICK LINK:  Commemorative Air Force

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