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Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum Re-opens

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Apr 25, 2018
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The Utah Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announces the re-opening of our museum May 5, 2018. We will be open May – October, 10am-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. The museum is located at the Heber City, Utah airport. The CAF is a non-profit all volunteer organization.

Our museum was established in 2009 by four local Utah WWII veterans and two long-standing CAF members. We are dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and demonstration of the magnificent aircraft that dominated the skies during World War II. Our goal is to perpetuate in the memory and hearts of all Americans the spirit in which these great planes flew in defense of our nation.

The centerpiece of our museum is a 1941 Boeing PT-17 Stearman aircraft – N1387V – currently under restoration. During WWII Stearman aircraft were basic trainers for all branches of the military. Approximately 1000 remain in the air today. These planes are open cockpit and made of fabric, wood, steel, and aluminum. A North American Aviation T-6 Texan is also on display. This single-engine aircraft was an advanced trainer during World War II and into the 1970s.

In addition to historical aircraft, the museum includes a number of supporting displays depicting the story of WWII and other significant historic military events and a complete library.

Featured Museum Displays

Museum founding veterans. Hear the interesting stories of the museum’s founding WWII veterans and see their memorabilia on display.

  • · Malcolm McGregor – B24 pilot and prisoner of war
  • · Harry Moyer – P40 pilot
  • · Jackson Wells – B-17 pilot
  • · Burnis Watts – Glider pilot

Russ McDonald. Learn about the adventures and aviation career of Russ McDonald – Heber City Airport’s namesake. Did you know that Russ used to fly with a kitten?

1942 Stearman Restoration. Observe first-hand the delicate construction of this vintage bi-plane.

Women in Aviation. Learn about the important roles women played in WWII as nurses, aircraft builders, test pilots and ferry pilots.

2018 Museum Events

6th Annual 1940s Swing Dance Party -- June 9, 2018 – 6:00-10:00pm. Music by the Danny Newell Tribute Band. Swing Dance lessons by DF Dance Studio. Period costumes encouraged. $15 adults, $25 couples, veterans and kids free. Lola's Street Kitchen food truck – Authentic Mexican food for purchase.

Preferred lodging rates are available for this event at the Heber City Holiday Inn Express. To book your room call (844) 765-0677.

Planes and Horsepower Car Show -- August 4, 2018 – 9:00am-3:00pm

Over 50 classic cars will be on display along with a Stearman bi-plane, two T-6 Texans, a Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon and more! Featured aircraft will be a Mustang previously owned by Russ McDonald.

  • · $5 general admission; kids and WWII vets free
  • · $65 vehicle admission – vehicle photo ops with 3 warbirds
  • · $50 vehicle admission – vehicle photo ops with 2 warbirds
  • · $20 vehicle admission without photo ops
  • Pancake breakfast – 8am-10am -- $8 adults; $3 seniors; kids and WWII vets free
  • 50s Swing Dance Party 6-10pm -- $15 adults; $25 couples; kids and WWII vets free
  • Aircraft demonstration flights; rides for purchase
  • World War II reenactors and museum tours

Preferred lodging rates are available for this event at the Heber City Holiday Inn Express. To book your room call (844) 765-0677.

Vehicle registration: http://www.cafutahwing.org/car-show-registration.html

On-going Museum Opportunities – May –October 2018

Take a gutsy gritty ride through history – Stearman and T-6 rides are available for purchase. Call 801.719.8876 to schedule your ride.

Looking for a unique setting for a wedding or reception, photo shoot, group outing or dinner, corporate retreat, family reunion, or birthday party? Rent our museum.

sponsor scout programs and projects.

We offer unique and interesting volunteer opportunities.

Visit our website for more information cafutahwing.org or call 435.709.7269.

Museum sponsors: Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Heber City Corporation, Holiday Inn Express, Redmond Real Salt, Lees Market, Ridley’s Market, Heber City Smiths, Heber City Walgreens, Natural Grocers, Brian Lee Farmers Insurance, CRC Designs, Ackerson Eye Care, Heber City Zions Bank, AmBank, Diversify Wealth Management, UAMPS, Wasatch Wave, Heber City Walmart, Point S tires and service, K.W. Robinson Construction, Inc., Park City Rotary, Burton Lumber, Watts Enterprises, Epic Excavation.


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