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, May 3, 2013

Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with us in New Orleans!

On Saturday May 25th the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit will make a stop in New Orleans, thanks to the generous folks at Flightline First. This outstanding FBO located at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport presents the exhibit in conjunction with the National WWII Museum.
In addition to the squadron’s P-51C Mustang fighter aircraft, the National WWII Museum’s mobile education vehicle, the Red Ball Express, will be on site with activities for kids. Large artifacts from the Museum collection will also be on view. And as always, visitors will be treated to the exciting original movie, “Rise Above” on our 160-degree panoramic screen, letting you feel the exhilaration of flying your own P-51C Mustang!
The display will be open by invitation only to school, church and youth groups from the 22nd to the 24th, and then open to the public on Saturday the 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free!  

This event will be held at Flightline First located at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport at 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans, LA, 70126. Come see us and take advantage of this great (free!) opportunity to learn more about the CAF Red Tail Squadron and WWII.  For group reservations please call 1-504-528-1944, ext. 229.

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

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