Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few questions and answers about the CAF and the DFW Wing.
Q: Who is the DFW Wing?
A: The DFW Wing is a chapter of the Commemorative Air Force. The Wing serves the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex. The CAF is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to preserving WWII aircraft and teaching WWII history. The DFW Wing is a resource for North Texas area citizens, teachers, home schoolers, scout troops, and local youth organizations.
Q: What is the Commemorative Air Force?
A: The CAF was founded to acquire, restore, and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations. These aircraft are used for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans. Our motto is "Educate, Inspire & Honor." The organization is a non-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under IRS Rule 501(C)3. The CAF was founded in 1957 and has over 14,000 members and 40,000 donors across the globe.
Q: Where is the DFW Wing located?
A: The DFW Wing is based at the Lancaster, TX Municipal Airport. It's airport identifier is KLNC. We are about 15 miles South of downtown Dallas. The airport is on Belt Line Road about half way between I-35 and I-45. Please check our Contact page for a locator map.
Q: Is the DFW Wing Hangar Facility & Museum available for tours/special events?
A: YES! The DFW Wing Hangar Facility & Museum is available for tours free of charge. Special events can be booked for a fee by emailing the Wing at DFWwingEvents@gmail.com. Our Hangar Facility and Museum are open at the following times:
Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday from Noon to 4:00 pm
Weekdays available by appointment
Please call before planning your tour to be sure personnel are available to show you the collections.
Q: Can anyone become a member of the DFW Wing?
A: YES! The CAF and the DFW Wing are made up of people from all walks of life who share a passion for preserving combat aircraft and teaching. We have men, women, students, pilots, veterans, mechanics, accountants, plumbers, and much more.
Q: How old do I need to be to join?
A: You must be 18 or older to become a Colonel in the CAF. Cadet memberships for students age 12 to 17 are available.
Q: How much does it cost to join the DFW Wing?
A: Commemorative Air Force Colonel memberships for persons age 18 and up costs just $225 per year. Cadet memberships for students age 12 to 17 are available for $50 per year.
The DFW Wing dues are $60 per year. You must be a member of the Commemorative Air Force to be a member of the DFW Wing.
All dues are tax-deductible.
Q: As a member can I ride in DFW Wing airplanes?
A: YES! Members and flight crews get to ride our aircraft to airshows and aviation events frequently. Non-members can make a tax-deductible contribution to our “warbird rides” program in exchange for a chance to experience flying in one of our warbirds. For more details check out our warbird rides webpage here.
Q: Do I have to be a pilot or mechanic to join?
A: NO! The members of the DFW Wing come from all walks of life and range in age from 12 on up. We have aircraft mechanics, students, retired folks, housewives, airline pilots, salesmen, construction workers and many more who are all interested in World War II aircraft.
Q: How can I learn more about the CAF and DFW Wing?
A: Come to our hangar at Lancaster Municipal Airport! We have monthly meetings the Second Saturday of each month, and we have a lot of information on this website. The meetings start at 1:30 pm and normally last about an hour.
Q: I’m still not sure. How can I find out more?
A: There’s no pressure for you to join. To learn about the CAF and the DFW Wing, and to have your initial questions answered, please email DFWwingEvents@gmail.com or just come down to the hangar and check it out. Visitors are always welcome. After all, that’s why we’re here!