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, March 29, 2013

140 Blog Entries

     Today's blog is the 140th I've had the privilege to write and post here for the CAF Red Tail Squadron.  I'm pleased to say that the entries appeared week after week with no break.  Some were short and others quite long.  The topic choices were left to me, and my favorite entries were sharing visits to aviation museums I'd been able to visit during my travels.
     When I started writing the blog (and doing the weekday Twitter-y tweets), I had been associated with the Red Tail Project (our old name) since 2006.  I was a professional freelance writer who loved airplanes and had the good fortune to fall in with a group of people committed to a goal I could fully relate to.  It involved American heroes, a vintage airplane and education.  
     That hasn't changed, but my life has.  My guy, Mike, and I are now basically retired and want to be able to travel whenever we'd like. (If you've been following this blog recently, you know that we really have been putting the miles on since Thanksgiving of last year.) Writing deadlines don't fit into this nomadic life very well, and it's not fair to the Squadron team to have to adapt to my schedule.
      On the plus side, although this is my last blog entry, I'm happy to report that the blog is going to continue.  The Squadron team is delighted to have Californian Karen Strong join them because she has more than 16 years of experience in all aspects of public relations and marketing communication and is a whiz at social media.  
     Even better, she's an aviation enthusiast who has hands-on experience with air shows.  She's the public relations and marketing director of the California Capital Air Show in Sacramento which is presenting its 8th show in 2013.  Karen led the show's team and personally contributed to the development of their new website which won the large show first place marketing award at the 2012 ICAS Convention.  She is looking forward to supporting the CAF Red Tail Squadron's educational mission with her experience and enthusiasm.
      Thanks for reading (and please keep it up!). 

      Robyn Feld, newly minted private Squadron supporter, signing off.

By the way, the Mustang and RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit are on maintenance break this week.  However, they will be back on the air show circuit at the New Smyrna Beach (Florida) Balloon and Sky Fest starting next Friday, April 5.  If you're in the area, please stop by or share this information with folks you may know who live in the area.  It's a fun air show, and some name acts will be there, too.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is volunteer-driven 501c3 organization that operates as part of the Commemorative Air Force. For more information about the Squadron and its educational mission, visit www.redtail.0rg.

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