If you want to teach children about aviation history, you have to make it interesting.
That’s the goal of a new teachers’ kit developed by The Red Tail Project, a not-for-profit group dedicated to preserving the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and to inspiring children today through their story.
The Tuskegee Airmen were African-Americans who received Air Force pilot training in segregated units at Tuskegee, Ala., during World War II. Nearly 1,000 pilots received training at Tuskegee, while more than 10,000 maintenance and service personnel trained under similar conditions at Chanute Field in Illinois. During the war, 445 Tuskegee Airmen and their crews operated as segregated air combat units in Europe, the Mediterranean area and North Africa, primarily flying fighters escorting bombers on raids from the Anzio invasion beach to the Ploesti oilfields and beyond. With the tails of their P-47s and P-51s painted bright red, they identified themselves as the “Red Tails.”
To help teachers reach the next generation of pilots and aviation professionals, the Red Tail Project has produced kits geared toward helping teachers get the inspiring story — and message — of the Tuskegee Airmen across to the current generation of school children. The kit includes five classroom posters, the “Red Tail Reborn” DVD, “Wings of the Panther” by Stanley Weisleder, a booklet titled “Heroes Changing Aviation,” and a book about the late Don Hinz and the Redtail Project he started.
The kit sells for $50.
For more information: 877-522-2988.