Tippin becomes spokesperson for military aviation group
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
– Aaron Tippin will serve as celebrity spokesperson for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a charity supporting military aviation.
Tippin will make appearances at Commemorative Air Force events across the country, film and record public service announcements, and a potential cross-country tour in conjunction with CAF exhibitions is in the works.
The CAF was established to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft flown by all U.S. military services; honor the service of those who fought in flight, and educate the public so that generations of Americans will understand and appreciate the historical value and support the contributions of military aviation. The CAF is the largest flying museum in the world, operating 156 military aircraft and displaying them at air shows around the country, often reenacting historic air battles featuring the actual period aircraft in flight.
"I am very excited about working with the CAF," Tippin said. "As a son of a pilot, a pilot myself and patriot, the mission of the organization is especially important to me: acknowledging the history of this great nation and the service men and women who make our freedoms possible is stellar, and I'm happy to champion the organization's efforts."
Tippin soloed his first flight on his 16th birthday. He became a commercial multi-engine instrument-rated pilot by the age of 18 and is also helicopter-qualified. A certified aircraft and power plant mechanic, he owns a 1941 Stearman, a 1946 J3 Cub and 1959 Helio Curior - all in flying condition.
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