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, May 13, 2011

Have Camera, Will Shoot

      It would be interesting to know how many pictures have been taken of the CAF Red Tail Project's P51-C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen during its flight "lifetime" to date. It's probably in the tens of thousands if you include pictures that were taken during its two restorations.
      I received an email out of the blue from a retired gentleman in Ohio named Roger Fair who happened to be at the Port Clinton (OH) airport when one of the airplane's talented pilots, Paul Stojkov, brought it in for a landing. Mr. Fair enjoys photography and took some nice shots of the Mustang. He then took the time to email me to let me know he'd be posting them on his blog. He included some nice commentary with his photos. You can see them here. If you have any photos of the airplane you'd like to share with us, please email
      There are also a number of videos showing the Mustang in flight on YouTube. Just search for "red tail project." The Mustang is the perfect photography subject - there are no bad angles and even in the rain it looks good!
      The Mustang was in Ohio to be part of the filming of the informational and inspirational film about the Tuskegee Airmen that will be shown in the Project's new RISE ABOVE mobile exhibit. The exhibit will feature a 30-seat theater with a 180-degree screen, which will ensure a thrilling viewing experience.
      RISE ABOVE is scheduled to be on the road by July of this year, traveling to air shows with the Mustang and to schools, malls and other venues during the weeks that there are no air shows scheduled. We at the CAF Red Tail Project couldn't be more delighted to know that the Project's mission, as articulated by the Project's visionary and original leader, the late Don Hinz, is taking another big step forward: "Our objective is to carry the lessons and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen into every classroom in America."

The CAF Red Tail Project is a volunteer-driven 501c3 non-profit organization that operates under the auspices of the Commemorative Air Force. For more information, please visit

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