The Marshalling Detachment is a specialized support unit of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Our job is to ensure a safe environment for members, aircraft, and visitors at airshows.
The basic function of a marshaller is to control movement of aircraft prior to and after flight. This function is performed mainly on the ramp at an airport, occasionally on a taxiway, and on the ramp of a wing or squadron hanger. We provide trained personnel to ensure safe ground operations for aircraft of all types and sizes encountered at airshows. These aircraft include propeller-driven, rotor-craft and modern military jets.
We are under the direct command of Headquarters, Commemorative Air Force and shall at all times endeavor to perpetuate the aims and objectives of the CAF which are;
- To preserve, in flying condition, a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States in World War II.
- To provide museum buildings for permanent protection and display of these aircraft as a tribute to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced and flew them.
- To perpetuate in the memory and hearts of all Americans the spirit in which these great planes were flown for the defense of our nation.
- To establish an organization having the dedication, enthusiasm and esprit de corps necessary to operate, maintain and preserve these aircraft as symbols of our American military aviation heritage.
The duties we perform at airshows include; movement of aircraft on the ramp, safety of the aircraft and pilots, safety of the spectators and working with aircraft crews.