The Commemorative Air
Force is a volunteer group dedicated to preserving the planes and history of
WWII. In 1980 dedicated enthusiasts formed a squadron of the Commemorative
Air Force in St. Louis, Missouri and in 1981 the squadron was granted wing
status becoming the 25th C.A.F. Wing. This self-supporting, all-volunteer
group has over 180 members and operates a small WWII Memorabilia Museum. The Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force currently
has three operational WW-II aircraft: a North American B-25J Mitchell
bomber, a Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bomber, and an Aeronca L-3.
group moved to its current facility at St. Charles County Smartt Airport in
1984. The field was built in the unprecedented military mobilization prior
to World War II. This was one of the best flight-training facilities built
by the Navy and American and British pilots practiced landings and takeoffs
on eight 800-foot runways that crisscrossed each other in the shape of an
eight-pointed star. The facility was renamed after Ensign Joseph G. Smartt,
a former trainee who was killed at Pearl Harbor.
Visiting the Missouri Wing of the Commemorative
Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: 10 am - 2:30 pm
Other times can be arranged by appointment
Directions: The Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is located
at St. Charles County Smartt Air Force on Grafton Ferry Road off of MO-95
approximately 9 miles northeast of St. Charles.
Learn more about the
- Official site of the Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air force