Air Zoo to host presentation on Tuskegee Airmen

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—In honor of Black History Month, the Air Zoo is holding a special presentation about the Tuskegee Airmen on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

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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.

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Airport mural depicts heroes of ‘Red Tails’

History takes the spotlight this week with the new release, “Red Tails,” which focuses on the African-American airmen who trained at the Tuskegee Institute and soared into combat to help the U.S. win air battles during World War II.

Some of those same Tuskegee Airmen featured in the new film are also part of a mural that has been on display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport since 1990. “Black Americans in Flight” was painted by St. Louis artists Spencer Taylor and Solomon Thurman to highlight the contributions of African American achievements in aviation from 1917 to the space age. The Tuskegee Airmen are prominently featured in the mural, which features 75 portraits, [Read more...]

CAF, Tuskegee Airmen forge alliance

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) and Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) have forged a new alliance to support aviation participation and enhance World War II education in youth and adults across the country.

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‘Red Tails’ premieres to enamored audience

Today a pilot slot in the United States military is open to all races, but it was not so long ago that was not the case. The United States military dismissed African Americans as inferior human beings and assumed they were ill-equipped to be pilots.

During World War II the Tuskegee Experiment, as it was known, disproved this assumption. Young men of color from all over the United States were taught to fly for Uncle Sam. The new George Lucas movie “Red Tails” tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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Tuskegee Airmen symposium set

A Tuskegee Airmen Symposium will be held at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15.

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Tuskegee Airmen featured at Fantasy of Flight

Fantasy of Flight will celebrate Black History Month in February 2012 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).

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CAF P-51C Tuskegee Airmen is Airborne Again

Tuskegee Airmen P-51C

Tuskegee Airmen P-51C

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) reports the Red Tail Project P-51C Tuskegee Airmen’s has returned to the skies. The first flight after a complete restoration was at 6:51 pm CDT on July 22, in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

After five years the Red Tail Project has returnde the P-51C Tuskegee Airmen to flying condition. The aircraft suffered an engine failure near Red Wing, Minnesota in May of 2004, and resulted in an accident that claimed the life of one of the Red Tail Project’s leader and pilot Don Hinz. Hinz had the “…objective to carry the lessons and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen into every classroom in America.”

“This day represents the culmination of thousands of individual’s time, effort, money and passion. It has been an incredible team effort and I am humbled by the experience”, Project Leader and Lead pilot Doug Rozendaal said. “From a pilot’s perspective, the flight exceeded my expectations in every way.”

For more information, call (432) 563-1000.