Our Mission

The historic combat aircraft of the Commemorative Air Force defended our nation and won the skies on every battlefront of the globe in WWII. They are living monuments to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced, and flew them. These aircraft are being preserved in flying condition for future generations of Americans to see them in action, as they were flown in defense of our nation more than 60 years ago. The Great Plains Wing is dedicated to honoring all veterans through education at airshows, in the museum and at the hangar.

Our History

The Great Plains Wing started in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area in 1984. It was originally formed and chartered as the Nebraska Squadron and met on the Strategic Air Command Museum grounds. The squadron quickly proved it's volunteers' talent and ability to successfully complete major projects, helping to restore a C-47, B-17, B-25, and B-29. In 1986, the squadron changed it's name to the Great Plains Wing. In 1988, a new hangar was built at the Council Bluffs airport including a museum and meeting room. In 1990, our P-51 "Gunfighter", joined the wing's L-3 and L-5. Find out more about these aircraft and the other GPW vehicles on the Hangar page.

Our People

The Great Plains Wing of the Commemorative Air Force thrives because of the many people willing to give their time, talent, and resources to the organization. Without their dedication and hard work, our mission could not be accomplished. We are always looking for good people that would like to volunteer their time and talents to keep this part of American aviation history alive. Our volunteers can be found at the hangar on Wednesday evenings and all day Saturday. Find out more about becoming a member of the CAF and the GPW on our Membership page.

Max Haynes' Photo Essay

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