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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


     This is a just a quick entry for those who may be living in or in contact with people who live in the Daytona Beach area where the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is set up today and tomorrow.  By trusting a number of sources that appeared to be trustworthy, including Google Maps, the wrong address for Daisy Stocking Park has been shown in the newspapers and other media.  
     The correct address for the park is a block south of the corner of Green and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., just east of the Bethune-Cookman University Registrar's office at 589 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.  To search online, look for 550 3rd AVENUE, not "Street." We visited there yesterday after spending many, MANY minutes trying to find the park based on the inaccurate information.  There was a steady stream of visitors and three Tuskegee Airmen were there, signing autographs and chatting.  Parking is free and offers easy access.  They're showing the longer version of the movie which is very touching while being informative.  If you live in the area or know anyone who does, please stop by or invite those you know to do so.
     Hours today are from 9-6; tomorrow's hours are from 10-2.

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