WHAT:

Volunteers from Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) are flying a special guest into EAA AirVenture on Sunday – Tuskegee Airman Lt Col George Hardy. Hardy will fly from his home in Florida to his appearances at AirVenture on VAC’s Millennium Phenom—a 2010 Embraer Phenom 100 featuring out-of-this world airbrushed art in homage to Star Wars and Star Trek. The paint scheme was designed to bring attention to the work of the VAC while creating fun, unforgettable experience for their veteran guests.

The Millennium Phenom, owned by Mark Holt, will be on display at Boeing Square during AirVenture. Holt has dedicated his retirement, and his former corporate jet, to serving and honoring veterans and their families by donating his time and aircraft for VAC flights. There are visual details galore on this “intergalactic” jet that tee up fantastic photo opps.

Tuskegee Airman George Hardy is one of our country’s first African American military pilots and served in the skies of the European Theater in World War II. Watch him arrive at AirVenture and get a chance to interview him next to the Millennium Phenom. He will be accompanied by Holt along with Doug Rozendaal, CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader, who can speak to Hardy’s years of support and guidance to the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s efforts to educate and inspire audiences through the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.

WHEN:

Sunday, July 22, scheduled for arrival at 11:15 a.m.

WHERE:

KOSH runway, taxing directly to Boeing Square at EAA AirVenture

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About Veterans Airlift Command

Veterans Airlift Command is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Learn more at veteransairlift.org.

About the CAF Red Tail Squadron

The CAF Red Tail Squadronis committed to telling the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. RISE ABOVE: Red Tail, their three-fold outreach program, includes an airworthy P-51C Mustang and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater. These two exciting and entertaining vehicles tour the country year round with stops at airshows, schools, museums and community events. In addition, the group curates and provides extensive educational resourcesfor students, teachers, youth leaders and anyone looking to learn more and be inspired by these remarkable American trailblazers. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization part of the Commemorative Air Force(CAF), a non-military group that restores and flies combat aircraft to remember the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history. Learn more at redtail.org.

Media contact:

Darcy Castro

CAF Red Tail Squadron

darcy@redtail.org

(203) 297-4994

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