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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, December 16, 2011

A Four-Dotter

Today is a “four-dot” blog.  That means there is no “theme” – just some thoughts and links, separated by ●●●●”

     A former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bruce Cole, was quoted in the December 9 Wall Street Journal:  “Today’s most widely used textbooks…are diluted, dull, and politically correct.  They fail to inspire students with a sense of wonder.”
     I remember waaaay back in my high school days and how none of my textbooks inspired me “with a sense of wonder.”  It’s too bad that hasn’t changed in 45 years. I wonder (no pun intended) how the much-touted test scores would improve if the textbooks did make history (and other subjects) interesting as well as informative.  The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit makes an important part of World War II history come alive.  The rig is sitting in a parking lot now, waiting to go on the road again in 2012.


The Winter 2012 “Red Tail Mail” newsletter is now available online.  Click this link to read it. 

You heard it here first – the Squadron is going to list some of its eStore items for sale on eBay at substantial discounts!  Details will be posted on the blog later today.


When the crew is working on Mustang maintenance, they use the blueprints and manuals originally printed by North American Aviation in the 1940s.


If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.  — Mel Brooks

If God had meant Icarus to fly, She would have given him a cloudy day. — Leon M. Wise

If God had really intended men to fly, He'd make it easier to get to the airport. — George Winters

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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