Midland International Airport To Host CAF Retro USO "AIRSHO"
The Commemorative Air Force will on the weekend of Oct. 10 host at its headquarters in Midland, Texas, the CAF AIRSHO that will take visitors "back in time to the mid-1940s." More than 100 aircraft, ranging from early vintage designs to examples of today's American military, will be complemented by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby impersonators and Andrews Sisters-style music performed live along with the United States Army Band from Fort Bliss. The event is meant to provoke "the glamour and excitement of the WWII USO shows" while giving attendees open access to the fighter and bomber ramps and the opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the 156 aircraft that CAF members have restored and maintained as keepsakes of American history. According to the CAF, "It will evoke a spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s, a period remembered and celebrated as 'When America was at its finest.'"
The CAF's AIRSHO is sponsored this year by Western National Bank. The CAF is a non-profit educational association formed of some 9,000 members and a fleet of 156 aircraft distributed through 74 units based in 27 states.