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, May 10, 2013

Take a peek inside the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit!

If you haven’t been to one of our RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit event stops, you need to get out the calendar and come see us!

As you step inside our decked out 53’ trailer, you’ll find our traveling immersion theater designed to educate the mind and invigorate the senses. Like a mobile ‘big screen’ theater, our exhibit features the original short film, RISE ABOVE, on a customized 160-degree panoramic screen. This dynamic theater experience lets you feel like you’re right there in the cockpit, soaring above the clouds, in your own P-51C Mustang. 35 folks can see this inspiring documentary comfortably seated in our air-conditioned trailer.  

Did you know that RISE ABOVE was created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Adam White of Hemlock Films who specializes in aviation cinema?  This is the third time White has made a documentary featuring the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.  He said in an interview, “It’s been my privilege to meet and work with many of the Tuskegee Airmen while making Red Tail Reborn, Flight of the Red Tail, and now RISE ABOVE. I’m pleased to be part of the team that is ensuring that the dedication and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen will not be forgotten.”  Additionally, The Restorers, a documentary about the restoration of vintage war planes, is also White’s creation, for which he earned his Emmy in 2005.  An interesting side note, White is a licensed pilot himself.

See the entire RISE ABOVE film, and learn about the CAF Red Tail Squadron, at one of our many stops this summer!

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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