Our unique tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen will be at the 2017 Yuma Airshow March 18 where we will debut the first showing of our P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen after a year of restorations. Be inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen – the nation’s first black military pilots and their support personnel – with our Mustang and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit!
Are you in the Yuma area? Before the airshow kicks off, the Traveling Exhibit will visit the Fourth Avenue Junior High School to bring the important message of the Tuskegee Airmen directly to the classroom. The public is invited to visit the Traveling Exhibit at the school from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15. For more information, contact Jose Cazares, Fourth Avenue Junior High principal, at (928) 580-8117.
After an incident last year resulted in 11 months of repairs, our P-51C Mustang will return to flight at the air show to wow the audience with its aerobatic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. The aircraft will also be on static display for up-close viewing, a rare treat for attendees as it is one of only a few like it still flying. The free RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater will be open at the air show Saturday, March 18, featuring the original short film “Rise Above” that takes the audience on a journey through time – and then through the air. The theater’s dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen creates the sensation of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in the P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen.
“We offer a truly one-of-a-kind adventure that resonates with all ages,” said CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader and pilot Doug Rozendaal, who will fly the Mustang in the air show. “It’s much more than a history lesson. The Tuskegee Airmen’s ability to triumph over adversity serves as a means to inspire others to RISE ABOVE obstacles in their own lives and achieve their goals.”
All are welcome to join the CAF Red Tail Squadron at the FREE family-friendly 2017 Yuma Airshow to be held at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, AZ March 17 and 18. To learn more, visit www.yumaairshow.com.
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 www.redtail.org.