Free webinars to feature commentary by Tuskegee Airmen

On Feb. 4, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron will be hosting a free 45-minute webinar featuring Tuskegee Airmen USAF Colonels (ret) Harold Brown and Charles E. McGee.

The webinar runs from 3-3:45 p.m. (Eastern time), with discussions centered around the question “Was The Movie Accurate?” referring to the new “Red Tails” movie now playing in theaters across the country.

The Tuskegee Airmen were America’s first black military pilots. They overcame huge obstacles — including a segregated military establishment — in order to be allowed to fly with the U.S. Army Air Corps and fight for America’s freedom during World War II. The pilots were supported by more than 13,000 highly trained crewmembers who are also known as “Tuskegee Airmen.” They served first in North Africa and then in Italy where they earned a reputation as skilled fighter pilots who flew red-tailed P-51 Mustangs. Bomber pilots asked to be escorted by the “red tail angels” because the Airmen always focused on protecting their bombers during a mission; they did not seek out the enemy in order to bring glory on themselves.

During World War II, Col. Brown’s red-tailed Mustang was shot down, and he spent months in a German POW camp. Col. McGee holds the USAF record for the most combat flights flown – 409. Their experiences and insight promise to make the webinar lively and interesting, CAF officials note. Squadron member Stan Ross will moderate both events.

To register for the webinar, click here.


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