As part of our ongoing commitment to spread the inspirational message of the Tuskegee Airmen to all corners of our country, we are pleased to share the news about our upcoming tour out west. So saddle up your horses, head towards the sunset and come see us at one of our many stops along the way!

tou-logoThe RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit has hit the dusty trail and is en route to Thunder Over Utah, July 25 – 27 at St. George Municipal Airport in southern Utah, near the Arizona border. Then we head to Colorado Springs for the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow August 9 – 10. Our P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen will join us for both events and rides will be available at these locations for those interested in booking a spot in our majestic warbird. For more information and pricing, contact Marvona Welsh, CAF Red Tail Squadron logistics coordinator, at (812) 240-2560.

But that’s not all for Colorado! Those of you in Denver can come see our exhibit at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum August 12 – 19 that will include a special performance featuring the US Air Force Tops in Blue. Then we continue north through Colorado to Greeley for the Rocky Mountain Airshow August 22 – 23. Whew! What an adventure!

Next stop – Nebraska! This year the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit will spend the Labor Day holiday weekend at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska, and part of the National Parks Service. Visitors will have the chance to see our original movie “Rise Above” in our mobile theatre, and participate in other living history activities at the monument. Local area school children in southeast Nebraska will be visiting the exhibit August 28 – 29 to learn about the Tuskegee Airmen and be inspired to RISE ABOVE!


We are also proud to announce that the exhibit will be making a special stop at the Alfonza W. Davis Middle School in Omaha, sponsored by the school and the Alfonza W. Davis Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. This brand new school just opened its doors to students last year, and has proudly adopted the RISE ABOVE model of the Tuskegee Airmen. It is named in honor of Captain Alfonza W. Davis, born in Omaha and an original Tuskegee Airman pilot, who lost his life October 1945 in Italy during WWII.

Our final stop on our western excursion will take our RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit to Missouri for a special event at the Hillyard Technical Center in St. Joseph, sponsored by the Missouri-based Tuskegee Eagles in collaboration with St. Joseph schools. In addition to bringing students in to see our exhibit, the weeklong event will include a bevy of aviation-centered activities including flights with EAA’s Young Eagles program – free introductory flights for kids that offer an exciting and inspiring window into aviation. Our P-51C Mustang will be on-site at this event as well, and rides will be available. Again, contact Marvona Welsh, CAF Red Tail Squadron logistics coordinator, at (812) 240-2560 for pricing and availability.

All the while, our Mustang will be zig-zagging coast to coast – also visiting New Jersey, various spots in Canada and other locations – furthering our mission at every stop along the way.

The staff and volunteers of the CAF Red Tail Squadron work hard to bring the message of the Tuskegee Airmen to communities everywhere. This western tour is a great example of the hard work of many to expand the Squadron’s outreach to new areas of the country. Happy trails!

Brad Lang 2


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