Profile - The CAF Red Tail Project

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The mission of the Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) Red Tail Squadron is to preserve and share the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots. The Airmen served with distinction during WWII (and beyond). They overcame racism on the ground to fight fascism in the air, fighting for a country that turned a blind eye to policies and a large population that discriminated against these men and their families because of the color of their skin. The CAF Red Tail Squadron restored and flies a red-tailed P-51C Mustang such as the Airmen flew during WWII. The airplane appears at air shows in North America and at each stop her crew tells the story of the Airmen and how through persistence and courage they overcame huge obstacles in order to serve in the military. In 2011, the CAF Red Tail Squadron developed a traveling exhibit called "RISE ABOVE" to educate people - especially young people - about the Airmen and how they demonstrated the importance of setting goals and overcoming obstacles in order to succeed.

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Brief Note On Traveling Exhibits

     The next Redtail Mail newsletter will feature a story about traveling exhibits.  There are a surprising number of them on the road at any given time, and the story will introduce readers to three groups that already have something similar to what the CAF Red Tail Project is going to build.  A common theme among these three non-profits (and other for-profit entities contacted for the story) that have traveling exhibits is the benefit of taking their message and/or product to their desired audience instead of assuming it will be sought out. 
     Boy Scouts of America was one of the groups that so graciously agreed to be interviewed about their traveling exhibit. They marked their 100th anniversary this year and to celebrate the occasion put together a 10,000 square foot highly interactive exhibit called Adventure Base 100 that travels from state to state. (It's in Phoenix this weekend.)
     One of the components of this huge base camp is a traveling exhibit that is similar in concept to what the Project will be building. The Scouts have put together a short video showing what's inside their traveling exhibit and it's a great way to see what can be done with a semi-trailer and imagination (and funding, too, of course).
    Click on the link below to take a short online tour of the Scouts' traveling exhibit and then imagine kids and adults strolling through the CAF Red Tail Project's "RISE ABOVE" exhibit as they experience the exciting history and lasting legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen through intriguing displays and hands-on activities. The upcoming CAF Red Tail Project's unique traveling exhibit will be something every visitor will remember.

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