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, April 26, 2013

Moments to remember…


We’re taking a moment from our current stop in Monroe, North Carolina to pause and reflect on the work of the CAF Red Tail Squadron.  We spend countless hours on the road hauling around the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit to encourage and inspire people of all ages wherever we go. But why is this still so important, 65+ years after the Tuskegee Airmen took to the skies?

Seeing the glimmer of excitement in a child’s eye when they see our P-51C Mustang close enough to reach out and touch. Understanding the swell of pride in a veteran’s heart as they stroll through our exhibit or watch the RISE ABOVE movie. Explaining to a high school student what it meant for these Airmen to persevere in the face of daunting adversity, guided by the courage and love of our great country.

These are the moments that we witness time and again on our travels, and they illustrate that the work of the CAF Red Tail Squadron is not only making an impression, but making a difference. The brave men who not only risked their lives defending our freedom - but fought an uphill battle just to do so - will continue to teach us lessons for generations to come.

As each year takes us farther from those perilous WWII air combat missions, we must continue to remember and learn from the strength, integrity and determination of the pilots and crew of the Tuskegee Airmen. For there are children to inspire, men and women of our armed services to honor, and a generation of young people who can and will embrace justice and equality for all.


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.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Hello from the Tallahassee!


Always on the road and never a dull moment!

We love sharing our message of inspiration, courage, integrity and triumph over adversity with the communities we visit, and especially with school-aged children. This week while visiting Tallahassee, Florida, the CAF Red Tail Squadron RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit was once again the stopping point for a school field trip. These students learned the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen and saw our P-51C Mustang aircraft up close and personal.

Students from Tallahassee speaking with CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader, Brad Lang


Want your students to see our exhibit, or better yet bring the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit to your school or event? Contact us at 812-240-2560 or marvona@redtail.org to find out how to bring RISE ABOVE to you or when we plan to make a stop at an air show or other major event in your area. 

Next stop…April 24-28th at Warriors and Warbirds in Monroe, North Carolina.  We hope to see you there!

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.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spreading the Message of the CAF Red Tail Squadron


We’ve had a great week at Sun ‘n Fun thus far!  For the most part the weather has been nice (with some inclement weather here or there) and the people have been fantastic.  They say, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and we couldn’t agree more.  

We thought it would be fun to share a couple of images and the smiling faces we’ve encountered over the last few weeks.  These two are from the 1940 Air Terminal Museum in Houston.  We'll continue to post more images on our Facebook and Instagram (@cafredtail) pages as they become available.  We hope you enjoy!   

At the 1940 Air Terminal Museum - Houston
Copyrighted by Kevin Hong,Sector K Media. All rights reserved.

1940 Air Terminal Museum - Houston
Copyrighted by Kevin Hong,Sector K Media. All rights reserved.

Next stop is the Tallahassee Open House, April 17-20.  Will you be joining us? 

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.