About the Lobo Wing of the CAF
The Lobo Wing of the CAF was established in 1984 to enable members to bring CAF activities and restoration projects to Albuquerque, NM. The unit has over 45 active members made up of men and women from all walks of life and all trades and professions — people who want to help preserve these living monuments to the men and women who built, serviced and flew them.
In 1986, the Lobo Wing was assigned a 1942 Fairchild single engine primary trainer PT-26 Cornell, often called the “cradle of heroes” because this is where so many of those pilots who went on to win air supremacy for America learned “how”. Our goal was to give this fine aircraft life again — to give it a future — to let another generation see it fly. The Lobo Wing accomplished this with its first flight on September 10, 1998.
Throughout the twelve year restoration project, the Lobo Wing actively participated in air shows and patriotic events. This restoration project was funded solely by contributions and proceeds from items sold at air shows. These activities continue today.
Currently the Lobo Wing is aggressively pursuing the restoration of a Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan, an advanced trainer. This aircraft, with tail number N320A, was flown directly to Albuquerque, NM from the Wichita, KS Beechcraft plant in 1942 where it operated for 492 hours training bombardiers and navigators for the Army Air Corps.
The Lobo Wing Restoration Facility is located at the Moriarty, NM airport, hangar 80. Visit us any Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The Commemorative Air Force, headquartered in Dallas, TX is totally self-supporting and privately financed. It is an all volunteer, non-profit, tax exempt and incorporated for charitable and educational purposes. All donations are deductible for federal tax purposes.