Profile - The CAF Red Tail Project

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South St. Paul, MN, United States
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, November 12, 2010

Staying In Touch With Social Media

     For at least 15 years, the CAF Red Tail Project has been all about restoring (twice) its rare red-tailed P51-C Mustang in order to use it as a tool to create interest in the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.  This mission has involved two things - fundraising and in-the-trenches hard work with rivets, welders, wires, etc.   
     Communication with supporters was accomplished via informal conversations at air shows and hangars, reports at meetings, publicity CDs (after the airplane was rebuilt the first time), the website ( and newsletters.
     Over the past few months, the Project has gotten its wings regarding using social media - like this blog - to keep people informed about what's going on with the Project.  The Project is on LinkedIn and Twitter. 
     A word about our Twitter account.  It has sort of languished with entries being sporadic at best.  That has changed - effective November 10 we now have Twitter entries each weekday.  We promise to get the most out of our allotment of 140 characters while we fill you in on news and information about the CAF Red Tail Project and related topics.  We hope you'll follow us, share the link and tweet back as you feel appropriate.  Of course, you can also comment back to us about this blog so don't be a stranger. 
     "Talk" to you soon - have a great week!

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