ATTENTION TEACHERS! Check out this limited engagement in Dallas February 6-17!

The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit will return to Dallas for unique FREE Black History Month programs. Join us for field trips that will provide your students with an opportunity to learn about the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots – and how the Airmen overcame adversity to become some of America’s best pilots in World War II.

Students inside the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit

Students inside the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit

The Traveling Exhibit features a unique large-format curved screen theater, which allows students to experience our original film “Rise Above” in an interactive setting. Students will learn about civil rights and the uphill struggle for equality as it pertains to this important piece of history. It also gives viewers the exciting feeling of flying in a rebuilt P-51 Mustang!

Not only is the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit educational, it is an inspirational story of a team of volunteers who struggled against their own challenges in an effort to honor the Tuskegee Airmen by rebuilding – and flying – a P-51 Mustang, the iconic aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen. These volunteers explain how the lessons of the Airmen inspired them, and how they can help us all overcome adversity.

Each visit will include activities designed at emphasizing the lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen. These activities based on the CAF’s Flight Plan For Life, a goal-setting exercise designed to help young people create a path to success while articulating their life goals. Students will also be able to visit the Discovery Cart station where they can get “hands-on” with history by exploring artifacts from World War II. In addition, several of the other aircraft types flown by the Tuskegee Airmen in training will be on display in the hangar.

CAF Vice President of Education and P-51 pilot Bill Shepard will lead groups through their visit. Shepard received his pilot’s license at age 16 and is now an airshow pilot touring the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen around the country. Shepard believes in the importance of perseverance and dedication in tackling life’s obstacles by taking inspiration from real-life stories of individuals who served our country in World War II, like the Tuskegee Airmen.

Learn more about the exciting educational program of the CAF Red Tail Squadron and share this inspiration with your students!


  • FREE for students and chaperones
  • Plan two hours for your field trip on location
  • Event will take place at the CAF Headquarters at Dallas Executive Airport, 5661 Mariner Drive in Dallas
  • Field trips slots are available from February 6 to 17
  • Adult chaperone requirement is 1:14
  • No lunch provider is available, so please plan accordingly

Contact Tracy Smith at the Commemorative Air Force at (580) 786-6251 or to reserve your spot today!

Also, remember that we’re offering a fun and meaningful project for your Black History Month lesson planning. Inspire your students with the remarkable story of the Tuskegee Airmen by participating in the CAF Red Tail Squadron Essay Contest! Help your students get even more out of their field trip by following up with this fun and inspirational exercise.

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The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven 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. Learn more at


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