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, November 14, 2012

Help Us Maximize Give To The Max

     Happy Wednesday!  We just wanted to let you know that the CAF Red Tail Squadron is going to be participating in a big once-a-year event tomorrow.  “Give To The Max Day” is a full 24 hours set aside for qualifying charities in Minnesota to raise money for their missions in a focused effort. We are delighted to be part of it.
     A generous donor has agreed to be part of a matching funds program up to a certain amount so many donations will be doubled with no effort on the part of the giver.  We also qualify for many companies’ matching gift programs.  If your company has one, we’d love it if you’d consider giving to us and letting your company match it.
     Our donors have been approved to use the “early give” function.  If you want to set up your donation now, while you’re thinking about it, you can go to this page and set up your donation immediately.  It won’t be processed until tomorrow, the 15th.   You can also give via your mobile, using this address:
      Your emotional support and enthusiasm are always appreciated, but if you can make a financial contribution as well, we’d really appreciate it.  We were very pleased with the numbers for 2012:
  • More than 42,000 kids and adults registered to see the “Rise Above” movie and none of them paid a dime.   The kids came away with free dog tags, too.
  • The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and/or the Mustang visited 19 states, eight of them more than once (we did six events in Florida!) 
  • We participated in 38 air shows/events.
      We anticipate that 2013 will be another great year, but we have a big expense hanging over our plans – the Mustang needs a new engine, which costs about $200,000.  For safety reasons, we can’t fudge on this – the Mustang gets a new engine or it doesn’t fly. 
       We’ve raised more than $62,000 so far but we have a long way to go.  We hope you can help.

Thank you –
The CAF Red Tail Squadon Team

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