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.”
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