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, April 5, 2013

Sun, Fun, Florida…and the RISE ABOVE Adventure!

After a quick maintenance break we headed to Florida!  It's been a fun-filled week with our first stop at Campbell Middle School in Daytona Beach, on Wednesday and Thursday, where we met droves of children that couldn't wait to experience the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and history of the Tuskegee Airmen.  From there we moved to the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest, where we'll be all weekend!  If you're here, stop by and say hi! 

We'll finish up our Florida tour at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, April 9th through the 14th.  On Wednesday afternoon, the Tuskegee Airmen will be honored at Show Center during a special presentation.  As part of the presentation, two deserving students from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy will be presented with a gift on behalf of the CAF Red Tail Squadron for exemplary academic achievement.  It will be a momentous occasion that you won't want to miss!

We’ll round out this Florida tour at the Tallahassee Open House, April 17-20.  If you live in Florida, hopefully you’ll have the chance to see us at one of these events, but if not please help us spread the word to family and friends.

Make sure you check out our Facebook page and Twitter for updates and pictures.  Oh and we're now on Instagram, where you can see all of our activities and cool pics!  You can follow us @cafredtail. 

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.org.

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