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, June 8, 2012

Mustang As Art

      People love to take pictures of airplanes.  At air shows, it’s probably safe to say that more than 80% of adult attendees bring cameras as stand-alones or part of a phone system.  Our own red-tailed P51-C Mustang is a very popular photo subject both on the ground and in the air. 
     Many artists make a living painting pictures of airplanes.  Sam Lyons, Stan Stokes, and Pati O’Neill are three artists who have captured the Mustang on canvas.  The Stokes picture and O’Neill prints are still available in the e-store.  Lyons donated his painting for the Squadron to sell as a fundraiser.
     A group of children from Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School in Phoenix sent us thank you notes after we visited that area last year.  The fact that they would send us notes was impressive, but the pictures they drew of the Mustang made them stand out in our minds.  We know we’re having an impact when we see things like this:

     I think they did an amazing job of capturing the essence of the Mustang and I hope they keep on drawing (and sending thank you notes!).  
     Have a wonderful weekend.  The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and the Mustang are in Bowling Green, Kentucky through tomorrow.  After that, they head to Michigan.

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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