It all started when...
The Commemorative Air Force had its beginning following World War Two when returning GIs realized that the seemingly plentiful war machines that won the war against the Axis were rapidly disappearing without anyone really noticing. Without any action from private citizens proactively seeking to save and preserve these amazing aircraft, they could have been lost forever. Thus the forerunners of the Commemorative Air Force began their tireless drive to rescue as many historically significant aircraft from scrap heaps as possible to prevent them from being turned into razor blades.
That drive now continues to this day across the country in 86 different wings with 13,000 members and more than 170 aircraft!
The Col Howard "Mike" Hunt Alaska Wing of the Commemorative Air Force takes that original mission of preserving historically significant military aircraft to the Far North of Alaska - the only state to be invaded during World War Two. By preserving these aircraft in flying condition, we are able to preserve the important connection for Alaskans to that deadly conflict in such an intimate way lest we forget the what happened so many years ago.