U.S. Court of Appeals Rules Against CAF in P-82 Ownership
In a judgment filed Nov. 2, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of the National Museum of the United States Air Force (USAFM) in the ownership dispute of the P-82 Twin Mustang. While the ruling by the Court of Appeals supports the original judgment of the District Court in July of 2009, Commemorative Air Force (CAF) officials are disappointed by the outcome.
“We had hoped that the de novo review would end in favor of the CAF,” said CAF President Stephan Brown. “After countless hours of dedication on behalf of the CAF, our member-volunteers and staff are disheartened by the decision of the Court to place the P-82 in the hands of the USAFM permanently. Despite our extensive documentation of ownership, the plane has been returned to the USAFM as directed by the District Court in July.”
The documentation in the CAF’s possession chronicles the history of the P-82 and includes a “Donation Certificate” issued in 1966. This certificate transferred physical possession of the aircraft from the USAF to the CAF. Also included is a “Transfer Certificate” issued in 1968 that confirmed the CAF’s request to fly the airplane and stated “This will certify that F-82B aircraft Air Force serial number 44-65162 has been officially donated by the Air Force to the (CAF), Mercedes Texas, under the provisions of 10 USC 2572.” The “Transfer Certificate” allowed the CAF to establish title to the aircraft for the purpose of obtaining FAA certification and license for operation.
The P-82 Twin Mustang joined the CAF Ghost Squadron in 1966 and was flown in support of the CAF’s mission to Honor American Military Aviation for 20 years, before it was damaged in an accident in 1987. Since the aircraft’s accident, the CAF had been searching within its membership for someone willing to help restore the aircraft. This P-82 would have been the only flying Twin Mustang in the world had the CAF had the opportunity to proceed with restoration.
“Although the USAFM does not support the CAF’s mission to ‘Keep ‘Em Flying’ we are honored to support the mission of the U.S. Air Force,” said Brown. “We hope that they will come to see the benefit the CAF and all warbird organizations bring to their recruiting and preservation efforts.”
Despite the non-flying status of the P-82, throughout its stay with the CAF it was an integral part in the education of our military aviation history. Since 1987, the P-82 was kept in the hangar at CAF International Headquarters, where it was viewed by CAF Airpower Museum and AIRSHO visitors. In the summer of 2009, following the judgment of the District Court, the P-82 was dismantled and shipped to the USAFM in Dayton, Ohio.
A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet crew got permission for a low-level demonstration flight, as part of the opening ceremony for a speedboat race on the Detroit River , last weekend (July 2009). This is what it looked like, for Motor City residents.
This is the moment a US Navy pilot gave a shocked resident a very close look at his F18. The fighter/bomber streaked past an apartment block on the banks of the Detroit River at the weekend. It was part of a tactical demonstration fly-past to open a speedboat race in the North American city. Officials waived rules to allow the Navy flyers to swoop under 100ft along the waterway.
One resident said, "I couldn't believe how low they flew and how close they came to our building, I'm sure the pilot waved at me."
The jets had flown in from the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia to put on a spectacular show for thousands of spectators.
Ein seltener Einblick in das Nuclear-Unterseeboot TRIDENT >> klick
B-29 FIFI Reaches Another Milestone
On Wed. Sept 9, 2009, B-29 SuperFortress FIFI reached another milestone in its long journey back into the skies!
After a night of rain, Wednesday dawned bright and clear and FIFI was nudged out on the ramp behind the CAF Hangar. Surrounded by CAF Staff and local Midland/Odessa media representatives, B-29/B-24 Squadron Crew Chief Dave Miller and Safety Officer John Flynn fired up the B-29’s first of four new engines. The props began to spin and the smoke rippled out of the engine as it roared to life in a successful first public run.
To watch a video of this dramatic engine running, click here.
Many thanks are owed to the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring FIFI to this point! BUT, there is still a long way to go and this majestic bomber needs your help to stay on this journey.
If you are interested in helping to support FIFI, please consider making a donation by calling Lindsey Pena at CAF Headquarters toll free at (877) 767-7175 or sending a check payable to the AAHF and note: B-29 OTF, and mail to P.O. Box 62000, Midland, TX 79711-2000. Your contribution will be directed to the B-29 Fund.
Info vom HQ CAF, Midland, TX
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