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 29, 2010

How the Tuskegee Airmen Continue to Serve

     On July 29, 2010 members of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI) and their spouses gathered for the opening of their 39th National Convention in San Antonio, TX.   This well-attended annual meeting has a full schedule of general business sessions, recognition, awards, and exhibits, but any attendee will tell you that the best part is being able to reconnect with friends who are only seen in person once a year.
     While the National Convention is a highlight, TAI is active all year long through its chapters and scholarship programs. It has more than 50 chapters across the country that are dedicated to three main goals: 
  1. Honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII.    
  2. Introducing young people across the nation to the world of aviation and science through local and national programs such as Young Eagles, TAI youth programs and special activities such as the sponsorship and facilitation of regional Youth Academies.  These Academies typically cover aerodynamics, flight navigation, aircraft mechanics and weather.
    To learn more about Young Eagles, click HERE.  For information about the TAI youth programs, click HERE.
  3. Providing annual scholarships and awards to deserving individuals, groups and corporations whose deeds lend support to TAI's goals.  TAI also gives awards to deserving cadets in the Air Force Reserve Office Training Corps.  For more information about the TAI scholarship program click HERE.
     The Tuskegee Airmen Inc. website has a wealth of information about the Tuskegee Airmen and the various programs it sponsors.  Visit to learn more.

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