"What started as a hobby became an urgent mission to preserve history."
Special note from Commemorative Air Force Headquarters:
"The CAF is the world’s largest flying museum. With more than 165 flying World War II-era aircraft, we have accomplished a great feat of preservation, saving many of these airplanes from the cutting torch, or smelter. To get to the heart of what drives the CAF, and our 11,000 members, it is important to look at why these airplanes were saved.
In truth, our reasoning today for continuing to save and preserve these airplanes, is not altogether different from why our founders pledged themselves to the task more than 60 years ago. The airplanes are a vessel for stories. Human stories of the greatest generation, of courage, perseverance and dedication, but they are also monuments to those who never came back. The airplanes were saved so that these stories could be shared, so that the lessons of the greatest generation would not fade away and be forgotten.
When it comes right down to it – the airplanes were saved for education."
Interested in following your passion for aviation and history? The Commemorative Air Force membership dues are presented on the left...
Additional Highland Lakes Squadron membership dues are $25.00/Annual
Is there anything cooler than being part of aviation history? We don't think so...
The Highland Lakes Squadron
WWII Aircraft & Museum
Sundays - 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Wednesdays - 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Saturdays - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Highland Lakes Squadron, chartered in 1992, is a branch of the Commemorative Air Force which was founded in 1957. We are a working museum, dedicated to preserving vintage WWII aircraft. We are open to the public 3 days a week, and we can arrange field trips and special events; Donations are accepted to the cover costs of HLS CAF public events and provide educational experiences throughout the community.