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 28, 2011

Of Snoopy And Things That Go Bump On The Runway

     Because I'll never outgrow (I hope) my enjoyment of the Peanuts franchise, I watched "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on CBS last night.  In it, Snoopy has a lengthy segment flying his doghouse as the brave French WWI pilot chasing the cursed Red Baron into the wild blue yonder. 

     While Snoopy is in the air, Linus is in the garden waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear.  Listening to him expound on the virtues of that unseen entity made me wonder - what would be scarier to see:  a ghost or a mobile pumpkin?  My vote would be for the pumpkin.  Polls show that about a third of Americans believe in ghosts, but the shock value of a living, breathing, self-propelled pumpkin would be pretty high.
     Speaking of shock value, the latest version of the online Air&Space Smithsonian magazine has a fun article about ghosts and ghostly happenings at airfields around the country.  Some I had heard before, but most were new to me.  Instead of relaying them to you, here's a link to the actual story.  If ghost stories aren't your thing, you'll probably still enjoy the photographs.  The tornado over the Sacramento airport is pretty cool.
     On that note, I'll wish you a happy Halloween (in just three days).  My son turned 40 earlier this month but since he has a somewhat unusual work schedule, his "milestone birthday" party will take place tomorrow night.  Because he will never outgrow (I hope) his sense of fun, he asked that it be a costume party.  I will go as his mother as I have no desire to scare my grandkids by getting all girlish or ghoulish.
     If you go to a party this weekend to mark the holiday, I hope you have a great time.  If you have children who will go trick-or-treating on Monday night, I hope they bring back enough candy to share with you.  If you hand out candy on Monday night, I hope you remember the parents who are looking to share their kids' candy and put in a few extras for them.  If Snoopy gave out candy, that's what he would do.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron 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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