P-39 AIRACOBRA MISS CONNIE
The CAF’s P-39 is named, Miss Connie, after the wife of longtime CAF member and World War II fighter pilot Sandy Sansing. Currently, this P-39 is painted with the Col. Bud Anderson's original Old Crow in honor of his 100th Birthday in 2022. The aircraft particated in the 100th birthday celebration at EAA AirVenture 2022.
Miss Connie saw stateside duty during World War II and in 1945, while enroute to a scrapyard, experienced an engine out emergency that forced a landing in Hobbs, New Mexico. The aircraft was abandoned by the military and moved to the yard of Capitan High School in Lincoln, New Mexico, for display. In 1962, the fighter was donated to the Commemorative Air Force. The aircraft underwent a full restoration to fly again in 1974, at which time it was assigned to the Central Texas Wing.
As such a rare and prime example of early military aircraft, keeping this aircraft flying is extremely important to anyone who values the importance of airpower history.