Minneapolis, Minn. – June 1, 2015 – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, today announced the summer and fall event schedule for their RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater and P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen. These innovative outreach vehicles are a unique and FREE opportunity for all ages to experience the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel.

The mission of the CAF Red Tail Squadron is to educate audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen so their strength of character, courage and ability to triumph over adversity may serve as a means to inspire others to RISE ABOVE obstacles in their own lives and achieve their goals. Each stop offers locals the opportunity to learn about one of the most remarkable and little-known groups of American history.

“The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is designed to take visitors on a journey through time, then virtually through the air with our panoramic cinema experience. And there is nothing quite like seeing our Mustang and hearing the roar of the engine in person,” said Brad Lang, CAF Red Tail Squadron leader and one of the pilots of their P-51C Mustang. “This is an unique and inspirational way for people to see first-hand the struggles and challenges faced by the Tuskegee Airmen. These fine Americans showed extraordinary courage as they fought for their right to serve our country, and it’s a part of our history that simply must be heard.”

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is using the excitement of aviation as a tool to help change lives, and these events are a platform to bring this inspirational message to audiences everywhere. The group kicked off their travel season earlier this spring with a tour through Florida and the Northeast before heading across the country to continue the summer portion of their outreach visits. The remaining 2015 event schedule includes the following locations, although event schedules are subject to change.

Mukilteo, Wash. – June 19-21

Historic Flight Foundation

(RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit only)


Grand Junction, Colo. – June 20

CAF Rocky Mountain Wing Open House

(P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen only)


Olympia, Wash. – June 27-28

Olympic Air Show


Tacoma, Wash. – July 3-5

Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow


Arlington, Wash. – July 9-11

Arlington Fly-In


Hillsboro, Ore. – July 17-19

Oregon International Air Show


Oshkosh, Wis. – July 20-26

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

(P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen only)


Aurora, Colo. – August 15-16

Rocky Mountain Airshow


Kansas City, Mo. – August 22-23

Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show


Brantford, Ontario – September 3

Brantford Municipal Airport Open House

(P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen only)


Cleveland, Ohio – September 5-7

Cleveland National Air Show


Toledo, Ohio – September 12-13

Toledo Express Airport Open House


Port Clinton, Ohio – September 19-20

Liberty Aviation Museum


Findlay, Ohio – September 26

Findlay Airport Open House


Auburn, Ala. – October 10

Auburn University Regional Airport Open House


Tallulah, Ala. – October 17

Tallulah Regional Airport Open House


New Orleans, La. – October 25-26

CAF AirPower History Tour at the National WWII Museum


San Antonio, Tex. – October 30-November 1

Joint Base San Antonio Air Show & Open House


Houston, Tex. – November 4-7

Texas Flying Legends Open House


Visit the group’s calendar at redtail.org/calendar for event details and up-to-date schedule information. Entrance to the Exhibit is always free, although tickets may be required for entry to individual events.

While on tour, the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit schedules additional visits to area schools where students are encouraged to think critically about the group’s guiding Six Principles – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win. For the vintage aviation enthusiast, rides in the P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen are available for purchase when time and conditions allow. Contact Marvona Welsh, CAF Red Tail Squadron logistics coordinator, at marvona@redtail.org or (812) 240-2560 for more information about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity or to schedule an appearance of the Exhibit or the Mustang in your community.

Individuals, businesses, community organizations and foundations that are interested in supporting the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s mission can learn more about sponsorship opportunities by contacting LaVone Kay, marketing director, at info@redtail.org or (888) 928-0188. One-time or recurring donations can be made securely online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/crts or sent to: CAF Red Tail Squadron, 971 Hallstrom Drive, Red Wing, MN 55066.


About the CAF Red Tail Squadron

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Their three-fold outreach program includes an authentic, fully restored WWII-era P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen; the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile theater featuring the original panoramic film “Rise Above”; and educational materials and programs for teachers and youth leaders. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). To learn more about the organization, its mission or to become a donor, visit http://www.redtail.org or follow the Squadron on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cafredtailsquadron.

About the Commemorative Air Force

Collecting and flying warbirds for over half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the largest flying museum in the world. The CAF is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to honoring American military aviation history through flight, exhibition and remembrance. The organization feels this is best accomplished by keeping the aircraft flying. The CAF has approximately 11,000 members and a fleet of over 160 airplanes assigned to 70 units across the country. These units, comprised of CAF volunteer members, restore and operate the planes, which are viewed by more than 10 million spectators annually. Visit http://www.commemorativeairforce.org or call (877) 767-7175 for more information.


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