The Commemorative Air Force High Sky Wing AIRSHO, is an Airshow held at Midland International Air & Space Port in Midland, Texas an hosted by the local High Sky Wing. The CAF's first AIRSHO was held in 1963, making it one of the oldest Airshows in the country. This year marks the 26th anniversary of AIRSHO in Midland / Odessa. The CAF currently has 164 warbird aircraft in the fleet, many of which attend AIRSHO. For a list of aircraft schedule to appear, click here.
In addition to one of the most impressive flying displays of vintage military aircraft, you'll also see some of the most popular civilian aerobatic performers. AIRSHO offers visitors a chance to get close to the aircraft and see them perform in ways you won't experience anywhere else.
In addition to dazzling display of aircraft, you want to be sure to watch the CAF's Pyrotechnic Groups, the "Blastards" and "EOD" (Explosive Ordnance Detachment) . These award-winning groups of licensed pyrotechnic technicians shake the ground with simulated bombing raids, strafing runs and the infamous "wall of fire." Watch history come alive before your very eyes (and ears!).
For a map of the grounds, click here
In 1957, CAF founder Lloyd Nolen, a former World War II Army Air Corps flight instructor, and a small group of friends pooled their money to purchase a P-51 Mustang and share the pleasure and expense of maintaining the aircraft.
This group of veteran pilots called itself, "Mustang and Company."
By 1960, the group began to search seriously for other World War II aircraft but it quickly became apparent that few remained in flying condition. By the end of World War II, America had produced nearly 300,000 aircraft.
A short 15 years later, almost all the warbirds were gone. Decommissioned and stripped of armament and instruments, most of these proud warriors were scrapped or abandoned.
No one, not even the Air Force or Navy, was preserving the historic aircraft that changed the world forever.
The fledgling CAF made it their mission to preserve a flying example of every type
of American aircraft that had helped secure our freedom.
What started as a hobby became an urgent mission to preserve history.
Learn more at the CAF website.