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CAF Central Texas Wing Awarded $25K Grant from LCRA

On January 27th, the Central Texas Wing, Commemorative Air Force, located in a World War II hangar at the San Marcos airport, was presented a grant from LCRA in the sum of $25,000. This money will be used to assist the unit in refurbishing the unique 1942 hangar which houses the wing’s 14 historic aircraft, an aviation library, and a World War II museum. These facilities are open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no entrance fees. A donation is requested, but not mandatory. Pictured (left to right) are Tim Black (Centex Wing), Ed Garland (Centex Wing), Sandy Wright Kibby (LCRA), Creig Rice (Centex Wing), and Lori Berger (LCRA).

VIDEO: The FirstWatch Media Crew has put together a great video depicting what we do and why we do it. You can view the video here: Central Texas Wing Video

The Central Texas Wing hangar houses four CAF aircraft for which the Wing has maintenance and restoration responsibility: a very-rare flying P-39Q Bell “Airacobra”, the B-25 Mitchell “Yellow Rose”, a BT-13 “Valiant” and the U-3A “Administrator”.

Two other CAF aircraft are housed with us, the CAF replica “Kate” #310 from the movies Tora, Tora, Tora and Pearl Harbor and the Bell P-63F King Cobra.   Other aircraft in the hangar are privately owned by CAF members, and used to support the missions of the CAF. Among these are 4 AT-6 Texan types, a Japanese Zero replica, built for the movie Tora, Tora, Tora, a Chinese-built CJ-6A trainer, the Beech T-34A “Mentor”, and a Lockheed T-33 “Shooting Star” jet trainer.