The CAF Red Tail Squadron team does this three ways:
1. Provides educational materials and innovative ideas for teachers and others who work with youth so the young people they guide can be motivated to set goals and “rise above” any obstacles in order to achieve success.
2. Brings the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit to air shows and other venues so that people of all ages can learn more about and learn from what the Tuskegee Airmen accomplished during World War II and beyond.
3. Flies a rare World War II-vintage P-51C red-tailed Mustang at air shows across the country to create interest in the military history of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew similar red-tailed Mustangs over Europe from 1943 to 1945.
Motivated by the Tuskegee Airmen’s example, the CAF Red Tail Squadron overcame numerous obstacles to restore this red-tailed P-51C Mustang fighter such as the Airmen flew in WWII. The Squadron actually restored the airplane twice: first in the 1990s and again from 2004 to 2009 after a tragic crash.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron restored and flies this rare P-51C model Mustang fighter to create interest in the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, who flew P-51s just like it during WWII. The red tail and the sound of the powerful Merlin engine ensure a crowd will gather wherever the Mustang appears at an air show. Learn More