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Keep em Flying


Early in 1941, under pressure to speed expansion of the U.S. Army Air Corps, the War Department directed its recruiting service to create a slogan that would serve as an inspirational rallying cry. On May 17th, the Army's chief recruiting officer, Lt. Col. (later Maj. Gen.) Harold N. Gilbert, coined the slogan, "Keep 'em Flying!"

He later recalled: "We were trying to think of a picture caption for a recruiting ad for the Aviation Cadet Program. The phrase just came out on the spur of the moment."

The Commemorative Air Force has adopted this saying as a way to rally all persons that have a passion to preserve and share the aircraft that paved the way to victory during WWII. On the following pages you will find a number of ways that you too can help:

 

 
 
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