LAST CALL: Air Force grounds Confederate link

A hundred and thirty-five years after the Civil War, a West Texas air museum has figured out that big companies don't rally behind lost causes.

A hundred and thirty-five years after the Civil War, a West Texas air museum has figured out that big companies don't rally behind lost causes.

A hundred and thirty-five years after the Civil War, a West Texas air museum has figured out that big companies don't rally behind lost causes.

The Confederate Air Force, an organization dedicated to preserving World War II vintage airplanes, voted last month to change its name. It seems the whole confederate thing turned off potential corporate donors.

The nonprofit organization began in the Rio Grande Valley in the 1950s when a couple of veterans saved a few fighter planes from the junkyard and someone jokingly painted 'Confederate Air Force' on one. But, says marketing/communications director Tina Corbett, 'We have no ties to the confederacy.'

The CAF now boasts 9,000 members in 27 states. The membership overwhelmingly approved the idea of a name change in October.

A committee now is working up a shortlist. Early contenders include Ghost Squadron - what the group already calls its 130 restored airplanes. We assume the CAF won't consider Mets Air Force, since the Yankees beat them, too.



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