ORLANDO, Fla. — On Monday, Nov. 11, Mike McKenzie, founder of Vision of Flight, hopes to give some long overdue recognition to a group of African-American World War II pilots. Known as the Red Tail Pilots, these Tuskegee Airmen played a quintessential role in U.S. aviation history in spite of the racial discrimination they faced at the time. While the Tuskegee Airmen were collectively awarded a Gold Medal by Congress at a 2007 ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, the Red Tail Pilots have yet to receive such an honor.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolinas Aviation Museum at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will host the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit honoring the Tuskegee Airmen Feb. 26-March 2.
An exhibition of paintings and drawings depicting America’s first African American military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, will premiere at The Museum of Flight in Seattle on Feb. 28.
POLK CITY, Fla. — For the fifth year, Fantasy of Flight will once again welcome the Tuskegee Airmen when it kicks off its 2013 Legends & Legacies Symposium Series [Read more...]
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will bestow the organization’s highest award — NBAA’s 2012 Meritorious Service to Aviation — to the Tuskegee Airmen, Oct. 31, during a general session of the association’s Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) in Orlando, Florida.
TUSKEGEE, Ala. — After more than 60 years, part of Tuskegee’s aviation legacy recently returned to historic Moton Field. Four original Tuskegee Airmen were welcomed back to the historic training site by the National Park Service and Tuskegee University President, Gilbert L. Rochon, on Sept. 15.
Every year, Ford Motor Co. designs a one-of-a-kind Mustang to auction at EAA AirVenture. For 2012, Ford has created a “Red Tails Edition” Mustang to honor the famous Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American aviators in the United States Army Air Corps. This special Mustang will be auctioned off on Thursday, July 26, to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program.
For three days in early February the south hangar at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, was packed with visitors. They were seated in long rows of folding chairs, and stood on the gleaming painted hangar floor. Everyone faced the raised platform near the eastern wall, paying rapt attention to the reminiscing of three elderly gentlemen who had remarkable tales to tell.
This was the first installment of the 2012 Legends and Legacies symposium series at the central Florida aviation-themed attraction. “They Dared to Fly” focused on the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, and to tell that story accurately, three graduates of the program sat at the dais and shared their memories and experiences during two sessions each day.
Fantasy of Flight is celebrating National Black History month this month by kicking off its Fourth Annual Legends & Legacies Symposium Series with a visit from famed World War II heroes, the Tuskegee Airmen, as well as a student essay contest honoring the aviators’ leadership, excellence, advocacy and determination (LEAD).