The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is again holding their “12 Planes of Christmas,” an online giving campaign providing an opportunity to aid in the restoration and maintenance of the aircraft as well as learn more about the CAF’s fleet of historic aircraft. All the CAF aircraft are restored, maintained, flown, and exhibited by a dedicated volunteer force, which operates out of 60 different locations across the country. The organization depends on donations to keep them flying.
Each year, twelve aircraft from the CAF’s fleet are selected to be featured during the “12 Planes of Christmas” campaign. One additional aircraft – “the Phoenix project” – is included to highlight an aircraft that has just made its first post-restoration flight or will soon do so. The airplanes selected for this year’s campaign come from 12 different CAF units spread across eight states. These aircraft are not only historically significant but their restoration/upkeep will have a demonstrated impact on their respective communities.
The campaign launched on Giving Thursday, Dec. 1, and will run throughout December 31, 2023.
This year’s 12 Planes are: