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, September 24, 2010

Welcome to the CAF Red Tail Project's New Blog

     The CAF Red Tail Project is now officially part of the Big Three social networking entities - Twitter, Facebook and, as of September 24, blogging with Blogspot.  We'll be updating Twitter and Facebook regularly, but you can look for something new on the Blog (cuz' there's more room to type!) at least once a week.
     Today's news is that we're working hard on the Fall, 2010 issue of the Red Tail Mail newsletter.  This issue will feature some surprises (a great personnel addition to the Project), a salute to a life well lived (a tribute to Minnesota Tuskegee Airman, USAF Col.(ret) Kenneth O. Wofford who passed away September 5), some interesting information about how other local and national groups are using mobile exhibits - such as the "Rise Above" exhibit that Project will be building - to motivate and educate young people, and the Maximum Lift column.

     Also, kudos to the Project's own Tim Barzen, a retired 747 pilot, who was interviewed on a local Twin Cities' TV station last night (September 23)  in reference to the "near miss" flight situation that affected a US Air jet and a cargo plane.  Here's a link to that interview:

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