About

Commemorative Air Force--Missouri Wing

St. Charles County Airport- Smartt Field

6390 Grafton Ferry Rd.

Portage Des Sioux, MO 63373

636-250-4515
 
 
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CAF MISSION
 

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, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.

More than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, the CAF's fleet of historical aircraft, known as the CAF Ghost Squadron, recreates, reminds and reinforces the lessons learned from the defining moments of American military history.

CAF OBJECTIVES

1) To preserve, in flying condition, a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

2) To provide museum buildings for permanent protection and display of these aircraft as a tribute to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced, and flew them.

3) To perpetuate in the memory and hearts of all Americans the spirit in which these great planes were flown for the defense of our nation.

4) To establish an organization having the dedication, enthusiasm and esprit de corps necessary to operate, maintain and preserve these aircraft as symbols of our American military aviation history.

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The Missouri Wing provides "Education through Living History"

We have two important missions. Our first and foremost duty is to preserve World War II military aviation history. We care not only about aircraft and artifacts, but also the aviation-related memories of the people who participated in or witnessed the war.

Our second mission is to share that history with others. We want especially to pass along the invaluable lessons World War II so clearly taught about achieving peace through strength and preparedness. Our goal is to help foster an appreciation of the remarkable achievements of Americans and free people around the world during that important era of our nation's history.

Each year, more Americans see the beauty, touch the metal, smell the smoke, and listen to the roar of the piston-engine aircraft operated by the CAF than visit all the other aviation museums in the United States.  Becuase they still fly, they represent living history and make the CAF unique among aviation museums.

In addition to the three aircraft entrusted to our care, the Missouri Wing houses a significant collection of authentic World War II artifacts and memorabilia. Items on display in our museum include Allied country uniforms, as well as armament, photographs, weapons and equipment from both Allied and Axis countries.

The Missouri Wing of the CAF is a self-supporting, all-volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in Missouri.  Funds to acquire, restore, maintain and operate aircraft are derived from members' dues, contributions, aircraft sponsors, and fundraising events.  The CAF does not receive any state or federal grants.  All donations, including dues and aircraft sponsorships, are used to support the Wing's museum and to restore, operate, and maintain our Ghost Squadron.