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The CAF also used one of their C-47's to fly supplies to Beaumont, Texas.


The Commemorative Air Force tells the story of a nation in crisis during
World War II. Little did we know, 70 years later, that a Douglas C-47 would
be rumbling down the runway full of supplies for a nation in crisis.
One of the many cities to be hard hit by Hurricane Harvey is Beaumont,
Texas. Currently, the city is under water and all electricity and water
service is unworkable. They need help urgently.  Some proud Texans in the
city of Georgetown, Texas, located outside Austin, quickly went to work
collecting much needed supplies at the local airport. A call went out for
general aviation aircraft and pilots in the area to help take supplies down
to Beaumont. The CAF's Highland Lakes Squadron answered that call.
Imagine the look in everyone’s eye when the shiny C-47 Bluebonnet Belle
pulled up to the hangar to take a monster payload of supplies! The
excitement was palpable as they loaded the large cargo airplane with
diapers, food and water knowing a shipment of this size was going to move
the needle. We paused for a quick picture with about 50 volunteers, many of
them young students who skipped school with their parents to volunteer.
Once loaded, the Pratt and Whitney 1830s roared to life just as they did 70
years ago on similar missions transporting much needed supplies during the
During the 1.5 hour flight down to Beaumont the crew witnessed the
devastation first hand. The entire city of Beaumont seemed to look
underwater. Reports were that the city pumps had failed and they were not
coming back anytime soon. With most of the interstate roads closed shipments
of supplies were needed by air.
We landed at Beaumont and witnessed what will certainly be called the great
Gulf Coast Airlift.  Lines of C-130s at the terminal were staged with bus
coaches to take people out of the area to surrounding shelters.
When the Texas National Guard showed up with their Deuce and a half truck,
we knew we had brought supplies to the right place.  A troop of soldiers
descended on the C-47 unloading box after box directly onto the military
truck.  This was only the first load of supplies and so long as there is a
need the CAF is planning to help.
The Commemorative Air Force members embodied the spirit and tenacity of the
Greatest Generation, who in a time of need, stepped up to help a nation in
crisis. If you are interested in supporting the Highland Lakes Squadron
efforts, you can visit www.highlandlakessquadron.com.
We commend our CAF leaders in the area of the Texas Gulf Coast who did an
incredible job securing the hangars and staying in communication with CAF
Headquarters. While the CAF hangars fared well during the storm, we realize
many CAF members did not. Many CAF members are still displaced and waiting
to be able to return to their houses and see what damage has occurred. In
the coming weeks, we will continue to reach out to those groups and members
and see what can be done to help.

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