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NEWSLETTER - JAYHAWK WING, COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE

Volume 13, Issue 10 OCTOBER 2009

“FIFI”

As many of you already know, Sept. 6th was a very

special day for the CAF, the B-29/B-24 Squadron, the

“FIFI” reengine committee and myself. At 8:00 am on

a beautiful West Texas Sunday morning, we rolled

“FIFI” out of the hangar and I started her #3 engine for

the first time on the airplane, with her full size

propeller. She started smooth and without incident. I

ran her for about 10 minutes to warm her up, did a few

initial checks and shut her down for a leak check. 2nd

start was John Schauer’s turn and he also had a nice

smooth start. As we powered up under Charlie

Tilghman’s direction, Nelson Ezell, who was also on

the Flt. Deck noticed right away that a change needed

to be made on the prop low pitch stop.

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Crew Chief Dave Miller

THE COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE IS A HERITAGE ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE HISTORIC

PRESERVATION AND FLYING OF RESTORED WORLD WAR II COMBAT AIRCRAFT, AND TO THE MEMORY OF

THOSE WHO FLEW, BUILT, AND MAINTAINED THEM. INDEED, WE ARE FOREVER INDEBTED TO ALL OF

THEM FOR PROTECTING AND PRESERVING OUR FREEDOMS AND OUR WAY OF LIFE.

“LEST WE FORGET “

PT-23 Cornell

AIRPLANE RIDES

FOR SALE

PT-23 Cornell

(ONLY $75.00)

www.cafjayhawks.org

cafjayhawks@gmail.com

UC-78 Bobcat


WING LEADER

Col Phyllis Sears

As I write this the planes are being readied for the Midland AirSho. Fueling them, polishing and

washing! We want our babies to look good for the show which means they have to avoid all bugs

between here and there.

John Bartholomew is pulling the PX trailer and taking a RV full of people to the Show. Both planes

are full and there are some members driving the scenic route.

Joe Roth is still working on the electrical material list with the actual work probably to be done after the first of the

year. He seems to think a wedding at the end of October should take precedence of installing outlets!

The Staff is starting to work on Awards to be presented at the Christmas Party. If you think someone has done a

bang up job this year, please send me their name and why they should get an award.

I am bugging Nick Mardis about the restrooms. He is getting with the plumber to find out exactly what part of the

work the Wing can do so we can hopefully save some money. We are moving at the speed of a snail but one of

these days we will have indoor plumbing! I can hear the women cheering!

Our Fly Day is coming Oct 18. Pray for good weather! Please read Bev’s column for pertinent information. She is

also at work on the Salute to Valor publicity piece and hopes to have it ready soon so we can start the ticket sales.

Also now is a good time to start getting those Silent Auction items donated.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Col Chuck Harley – NO REPORT

FINANCE OFFICER

Col Mary Green

As I write this, many of us are heading for the BIG CAF air show in Midland and are hoping that

our PX sales are great!!

The financial status of the wing is solid, at this time- we had awesome PX sales at the Wichita

Flight Festival in August, and we really need another “success story” in Midland as we have lots of

bills that come due before the end of the year- with ANUAC, air meet insurance, insurance on the

hangar and 2 planes all coming due with a total of approx. $8,000.00. Luckily, we have the money

to pay the bills, but with the Wing now moving forward to construct the restrooms, we need to find new avenues of

revenue.

Our PT 23 has been “flying its heart out” all summer and our Gift Certificate Program has really paid off. The PT

is paying its way!!! Now we just need to find a way to get the UC 78 to be financially productive.

You’ll be hearing more from Staff at the upcoming meeting regarding the plans for the restrooms and “time line” to

get this done. The restrooms are going to be an EXPENSIVE but much needed addition to the hangar. We’re

looking at approx. $20,000 to get everything done.

Please come to the next meeting- Monday night, October 12, 2009 and give your input and ideas about raising

money to accomplish getting the restrooms completed.

We need EVERYONES help in order to help the Wing to stay financially strong.

We’re all volunteers and we ALL have a stake in helping the Wing to survive and grow.

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OPERATIONS OFFICER

Col Ben Sorensen

The Cessna UC-78 annual inspection is complete! It is planned to take it to Midland on October 9

and return on October 12. We need to promote it more and get it out for display and give some

rides it.

The Fairchild PT-23 has given several rides this last month. Thanks to Earl the airplane is running

very well. It is planned to take it to Midland on October 9 and return on October 12, also. Let’s

make sure we thank Earl for all the maintenance, and Mike Flynn and Joe Roth for giving rides. Both airplanes

have been requested to fly over gatherings on November 7th, for the Wichita Veterans Day Parade and the Valley

Center Fall Festival. We will try our best to accommodate them. Let folks know about rides and we will be able to

give even more. You never know until you ask!!!

Col Earl Long – NO REPORT

MAINTENANCE OFFICER

SAFETY OFFICER

Col Robert Crooks – NO REPORT

Col Dan DeMont

SLATE OF WING OFFICER NOMINEES

WING ADJUTANT

Wing Leader…

Col John Bartholomew

Col Herb Duncan

Finance Officer…

Col Phyllis Sears

Maintenance Officer…

Col Earl Long

Safety Officer…

Col John Wendinger

Elections will be held at the November General Membership Meeting and results announced at the

December Christmas Party.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

Col Bev Brady

The Wing Fall Fly Day and Cookout is set for October 18. As always, we’ll start flying around 1:00

p.m. so come out to the hangar and enjoy an afternoon of mingling with Jayhawk Wing members,

families and guests, and take a ride in an airplane (free for members). We’ll fire up the grill to cook

some burgers and dogs so we can eat around 5:00 p.m.

Please bring appetizers, side dishes or desserts to share, and your own beverages, adult or

otherwise. The Wing will furnish the burgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and table service. You’ll be asked for a

small donation ($3.00 - $4.00 per person) to cover the costs.

Plans are in the works for the Wing’s Christmas party, too. We’re checking with Savute’s to see if they will be

willing to host us again this year as they have been doing for so many years. The tentative date is Tuesday,

December 8. I know that everyone’s social calendars start filling up fast for the holiday season, so save that date

for the Wing’s Christmas Party (and announcement of new officers). We’ll get updated information to you soon.

PX OFFICER

Col Roger Cunningham

We have received all the merchandise for the Midland AirSho. Margaret and I marked it with a

little help from Phyllis, Earl who as an Engineer, fixed the Pricing Gun with supervision from Chuck

Harley.

I am sorry that I am not going to be able to make trip this year but know all of you will have fun and

sell the heck out of the merchandise.

RECRUITING OFFICER

Col John Bartholomew - NO REPORT

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CAF JAYHAWK WING BUS

DEPARTING THURSDAY OCTOBER 8 TH

FROM THE CAF JAYHAWK WING HANGAR

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2009

GET READY… GET SET… GO! WE ARE GOING TO A REAL AIRSHO!!

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ALL NEW CAF JAYHAWK WING MEMBERS

REPORT TO THE HANGAR

October 18, 2009 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

WING FLY DAY & COOK OUT

(see Public Information Officer notes for details)

THIS IS YOUR DAY TO GO FLY IN THE FAIRCHILD PT-23!!

(Weather Permitting!)

PARADE FLOAT TEAM MEETING

There will be a Parade Float Team meeting at 6:30, Monday Oct 12, before the general membership

meeting at 7:00 PM. Bring your ideas!! The theme is REMEMBERING THE WORLD WAR II VET

and THE 65 TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY. Come out and kick around some ideas!

LETS HAVE FUN…

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DON’T FORGET THE AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS WICHITA PROJECT…

The American Gold Star Mothers of Wichita are raising funds for this worthy project. They have adopted the

Winfield Veterans Cemetery and the Fort Scott National Cemetery.

They are accepting donations for one wreath at $15.00 at cost or as many as you would like to sponsor. If you

know of someone that would like to help in this effort please print an extra form and give it to them.

We also invite you to take part in the simultaneous Wreath laying ceremony to be held December 12, 2009 in

Winfield, KS or Fort Scott, KS at 11:00am CDT. You will have the privilege to take part in the actual laying of the

wreaths on the graves of our veterans.

www.americangoldstarmotherswichita.com

PRINT THE ORDER FORM VIA THE WEB SITE

THANK YOU….. FOR SUPPORTING THE CAF JAYHAWK WING!!!

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VETERANS LECTURESHIP

Col John Wendinger

The newest project of the Jayhawk Wing, The Veterans Lectureship, has been busy. In August

the Team was invited to Friendship Club at the West Side Church Of God to present our program.

The folks were most friendly and really enjoyed the program.

The lunch they served was fantastic and the guys said it was better than being paid. The club

made a generous donation, as did many members who fed the donation basket. Dr. Lew Smith and Mr. Al Murphy

both gave excellent accounts of their experiences.

On Sept. 29 the team answered an invitation from The South Central Christian Men's Assn. to bring our program

to their meeting. After another excellent dinner, (if we did more of these we all would get fat) Dr. Lew Smith and

Col Chuck Chauncey presented their experiences from their part of the War. Again the guy's were well received,

before the dinner when the members had time to speak with them at the display tables, and after with more

questions. The club made a generous donation and again so did some members who hit the donation basket.

I believe this program will be big for our Wing, The exposure this gives us leads to more visits by the Team in front

of more people. We should all keep this in mind as we talk with people at our clubs, churches, or other groups we

are members of, seeing where or when they need a speaker or a program at one of their events. The speakers are

not the only ones getting questions. As the moderator, I get the questions about the CAF and the Jayhawk Wing,

making us familiar with many new people. If you would like to get involved with VLS let Col Herb Duncan or Col

John Wendinger know.

Just a quick note to ask a BIG favor of the pilots and wing members. The hangar is our home now so we

need to really go out of our way to keep it looking the best it can be.

If you see oil on the floor… please take a minute and clean it up. If you see any trash anywhere, please pick

it up and dispose of it in the right way. If you see the weeds around the building getting out of hand or

unsightly… get a string trimmer from somewhere and trim things up. Col John Riggs and Col Earl Long

have been very faithful about keeping the grass cut. Thanks guys!!!

Let’s make the outside of the hangar something to have pride in because it’s the first thing people see when

they come to the hangar. PLEASE……..Keep the chairs and tables in order and if you get it out, put it back!!

The last one to leave the hangar should make sure the south door, hangar door and north entry door are

secured and locked. We wouldn’t want to have anything happen just because someone forgot to lock the

place up!!! And as always, make sure the computer, printer, speaker system and lights are all turned off.

Let’s Have Fun…

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OCTOBER

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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CAF Airsho’09,

Midland, TX

18

1:00 – 5:00

Wing Fly Day &

Cookout

25

5

6:00 Staff

Meeting

12

7:00 General

Meeting

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6:30 PARADE

MEETING

19

26

6

13

20

27

7

5:30 p.m. Flite Nite

14

5:30 p.m. Flite Nite

21

5:30 p.m. Flite Nite

28

5:30 p.m. Flite Nite

SEPTEMBER

7

1

8

15

22

29

9

Departing to

CAF Airsho

Midland, TX

2 3

8:00 Breakfast

16

23

10

8:00 Breakfast

CAF Airsho ’09,

Midland, TX

17

8:00 Breakfast

24

8:00 Breakfast

30 31

8:00 Breakfast

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1

2

6:00 Staff

Meeting

3 4

5:30 p.m. Flite Nite

5 6 7

8:00 Breakfast

Veterans Day

Parade

8

15

22

29

9

7:00 General

Meeting

Election of Officers

16

23

30

10

17

24

11

5:30 p.m. Flite Nite

18

5:30 p.m. Flite Nite

25

5:30 p.m. Flite Nite

12

19

26

13

20

27

14

8:00 Breakfast

21

8:00 Breakfast

28

8:00 Breakfast


“FIFI”…

We shut down and proceeded to remove the prop dome to make the adjustment. About an hour later, we were

ready to start again. With John at the controls, we increased power slowly while taking all the temp. and press.

readings. When we reached take off power, we hit the numbers just as it was originally predicted! We are making

2000 HP at 2400 rpm with 44” of MAP. My sincere thanks to all that came out and those that have been involved

from the beginning. As much as it sounds like we are done with the #3 engine, nothing could be further from the

truth. Since the run, we had to remove the cowling, exhaust and prop to finish work on the cowling and exhaust.

We also had to remove the carburetor and send it back to the vendor for some minor adjustments that they can

only make on a flow bench. As I’m writing this, the cowling is back on, the prop will go back on this week and the

Rt. wing section that has been off the airplane for 1& 1/2 years will be here Tuesday morning. A lot to do but we’ll

have it back together for AirSho and continue working in preparation for the next engine.

How Can You Help?

How to make a financial contribution to “FIFI”!

This is a question that gets asked frequently, that most members do not know how to answer, however here is the

answer.

Option #1

Call the CAF Headquarters toll free number: 1-877-767-7175 ext. 2230, Mon-Fri. This contact is for the CAF

Controller, Lindsey Pena. Lindsey can take your credit card contribution, or explain how you can contribute to the

B-29 project (see option #2 below). Your financial contribution goes directly to “FIFI”, again, your financial

contribution goes directly to her.

Option #2:

Write and send a check payable to the Commemorative Air Force and please write the aircraft FAA registration

number in the “note area” i.e.: For the B-29 “FIFI” write N-529B.

Mail to:

Commemorative Air Force

P.O.Box 62000

Midland, Tx. 79711-2000

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CAF Jayhawk Wing

2560 S. Kessler

Wichita, KS 67217

{Mailing address}

www.cafjayhawks.org

Staff Officers

WING LEADER

Col Phyllis Sears (316) 655-7759

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Col Chuck Harley (316) 794-8399

FINANCE OFFICER

Mary Green (316) 651-6136

ADJUTANT

Col Dan DeMott (316) 722-9824

OPERATIONS OFFICER

Col Ben Sorensen (316) 522-5482

MAINTENANCE OFFICER

Col Earl Long (316) 943-5510

SAFETY OFFICER

Col Robert Crook (316) 733-4552

Commemorative Air Force Jayhawk Wing, Wichita, KS

Support Staff

PX OFFICER

Roger Cunningham (316) 250-8708

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

Col Bev Brady (316) 683-3109

RECRUITING OFFICER

Col John Bartholomew (316) 729-9008

WEBMASTER

Col Herb Duncan (316) 943-2455

NEWSLETTER EDITOR (OPEN)

HANGAR MAINTENANCE OFFICER (OPEN)

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