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On the Removal of Our Story ‘Up in the Air’

“How the Commemorative Air Force Landed at Dallas Executive Airport,” a story written by Brendan McNally and printed on page 22 of the August issue under the headline “Up in the Air,” has been taken down from our website due to numerous factual errors. The Commemorative Air Force is part of an umbrella organization called the American Airpower Heritage Group. We treated CAF as a singular entity and misreported how much it had raised in 2011 and 2012. In both years, CAF raised about $5 million. Furthermore, for a more complete picture of their financial state, the whole organization should have been considered.

We apologize to our readers and to the Commemorative Air Force. We will also detail the corrections in the upcoming issue of D Magazine.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    Hmmm…. will you also detail why the City is being so closed mouth about the dealings down there… And the nature of false grant assurances the City is accused of having provided to the Federal government… And what, if anything, the City is doing to address the issues… I could go on, but I grow weary.

  • Jonnie England

    I don’t understand why “hole organization should have been considered” in order to detail the CAF’s financials. Are they simply a chapter of the AAHG? If so, why isn’t it the AAHG that’s moving to Dallas Executive Airport and getting all the big bucks from the City? And does the financial health of the Des Moines chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation (using this strictly as an example; I don’t even know if there is Des Moines chapter of Komen) reflect the stability of the national organization? That’s a really lame excuse. As far as I know, not once in all the articles I’ve read about the CAF’s move to Dallas–and I think I’ve read them all–has the American Airpower Heritage Group been mentioned. And please report how much money the AAHG will be contributing to the CAF’s move to Dallas.

  • Jonnie England

    I don’t understand why the “whole organization should have been considered” in order to detail the CAF’s financials. Are they simply a chapter of the AAHG? If so, why isn’t the AAHG that’s moving to Dallas Executive Airport and getting all the big bucks from the City? And does the financial health of the Des Moines chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation (using this strictly as an example; I don’t even know if there is Des Moines chapter of Komen) reflect the stability of the national organization? That’s a really lame excuse. As far as I know, not once in all the articles I’ve read about the CAF’s move to Dallas–and I think I’ve read them all–has the American Airpower Heritage Group been mentioned. And please report how much money the AAHG will be contributing to the CAF’s move to Dallas.

  • Raymond Crawford

    For a head start, here’s the 2012 990-http://www.scribd.com/doc/226749227/Commemorative-Air-Force-2012-IRS-Filing

  • Jonnie England

    Aren’t we all weary of this? Slogging through all this BS is very tiring.

  • Marc McCord

    After fighting the oil and gas industry for five years in Dallas City Council Chambers this just looks like more of the same duck-and-cover mentality that pervades 1500 Marilla Street. Candor and honesty are foreign words down there. The opinions of average citizens do not matter until a near riot develops, and then it gets somebody’s attention. All of Dallas needs to get behind this issue because it affects us all financially, even if it does not affect our quality of life directly.

    The main issue is the total lack of communication and inclusion for citizens in discussions leading to commitments from city leaders that will impact our neighborhoods. Rawlings and Atkins have some serious questions to answer, and the sooner the better. This whole DEA expansion and CAF project should be shelved until the facts are publicly known and accepted by citizens of Dallas.

  • Peter Kurilecz

    should we rip the article out of the ODT version and mail it back unread???

  • Peter Kurilecz

    We have audited the accompanying consolidating statements of financial position of the
    Commemorative Air Force Headquarters, Commemorative Air Force – Units and Supporting
    Foundations, the American Airpower Heritage Foundation, Inc., the American Airpower Heritage Museum, Inc., the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum, Inc. and consolidated totals which collectively comprise the American Airpower Heritage Group (the Group), as of December 31, 2011, and the related consolidating statement of activities and cash flows for theyear then ended.

    http://www.guidestar.org/ViewEdoc.aspx?eDocId=1687149&approved=True.

  • Peter Kurilecz

    probably involves John Wiley Price

  • Raymond Crawford

    No one questions IF they made money or how much money they made. The larger issue is this: Can a unique non profit like the CAF (which is a “flying museum” of individual plane owners that fly vintage aircraft,with no prior record of raising $40 million to build this type of facility)be the economic generator that provides “hotels and restaurants”( Rawlings, Atkins, Brown quote) that translates into unprecedented revenue for more development in Southern Dallas? The answer is no

  • Raymond Crawford

    Why would Tami OBanion want to separate the museum from the CAF organization after 25 years of being a dedicated employee? Did she really just “leave”? or was she forced out? . Research shows that the person who took over was Jeff Wood, then he left, what happened to him? Let’s ask Jeff and see what he says about working with Steve Brown.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    This seems like something that is more commonly addressed via a correction in a subsequent issue. The issues you raise don’t appear to be impact the overall story in a material manner.

    I’m confused.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    No…. you simply must avert your eyes from it. If you call them, they will send you a sheet of black paper to tape over the offending article.