Bomber Landing Puts Vote On CAF Move On The Radar 8/26/13
CBS 7 News
August 26, 2013
MIDLAND-It was a big day for fans of the Commemorative Air Force Museum. The beloved B-29 bomber FiFi came for a stay at the Midland base.
It was a beautiful site--the landing of the world's only still operational B-29. For CAF member and veteran Jimmy Parker, it's a bittersweet reminder of what the CAF here in Midland has already lost.
Jimmy Parker looks on as his beloved FiFi is taxied into its hanger at the midland CAF--where the bomber used to call home.
"It should never have gone to Dallas, but money talks,” said Korean War Veteran and CAF Member Jimmy Parker.
Much to the dismay of some midland leaders, the CAF recently announced a move of its headquarters to a new air force base at one of 8 cities--two are outside of Texas.
Representative Tom Craddick and others say the move is disrespectful to a community that invested in the base.
“Just a few years ago, the CAF said publicly they had no intention of moving the headquarters or museum,” said Chairman of the Midland Republican Party James Beauchamp.
The CAF says nothing will change.
“The move for the Permian Basin really means nothing,” said CEO and President of The CAF Stephan C. Brown. “It consists of myself and a few other staff leaving and establishing a new location.”
An October 11th membership vote stands in the way. Parker is one of the 6400 members who will have the chance to make that decision.
"It was born in Texas and it should stay in Texas,” Parker said. “I don’t like it.”
FiFi will be on display at the CAF until September 19th and again at the October 12th airshow. FiFi now splits its time between here, Addison and displays across the country.