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Confederate Air Force May Rename

November 18, 2000

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) _ A vintage airplane collectors group known as the Confederate Air Force voted Saturday to change its name.

Members of the group said the name had come to hurt business, particularly in the wake of the recent uproar over the Confederate battle flag removed from the South Carolina Statehouse dome.

The group, based in Midland, has nothing to do with the Civil War. Its 9,000 members maintain about 140 airplanes that flew during World War II and fly some of them at air shows across the country.

Members said they took the name Confederate Air Force after somebody painted it on the tail of a fighter plane in the 1950s. At the time, the handful of original members thought it was funny.

The organization voted Saturday to use just the initials CAF until January 2002. A final name will be chosen next July.

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