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.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Four-Dot….

With the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and the Mustang at the 2012 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this week (and I’m not…), it’s been mighty quiet.  That makes it a good time for a four-dot edition of the blog.

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As a weather geek – and proud of it - I have been absolutely amazed at the color-coded newspaper weather maps over the past 10 days or so that reflect temps in the 80s, 90s and 100s from just east of San Francisco all the way to the East Coast.  In the Wall Street Journal this translates into three shades of pink. Perhaps someone should let them know that the term is “red hot” not “pink hot!” 

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The Minnesota Wing of the CAF has a great link on its website that is reproduced here. Their wonderful 1940’s era Hangar 3 at Fleming Field in South St. Paul, Minnesota was used as a backdrop for an Antiques Roadshow segment that aired in May.  It’s about the Disney studio’s role in the WWII propaganda effort.  You may recall that this blog talked about that in the April 13, 2012 edition.   The Antiques Roadshow segment is nice, but the April edition of the blog gets into more detail (in case you want to check it out, too.)

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After AirVenture Oshkosh, the Traveling Exhibit and Mustang are heading to Ypsilanti, Michigan for the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show.  We were there last year and they wanted us back again this year.  What a great way to start off the month of August!

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COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAYThree months and three days

See you next week!
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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