The Yankee Air Museum will be hosting a free educational exhibit on the famous Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first-ever group of black military pilots, on Friday, Aug. 9.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of black military pilots who fought in the racially segregated United States Army. Despite the discrimination they faced, these men served their country in World War II and trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama from 1940 to 1952. As recently as 2007, the Tuskegee Airmen were recognized by Congress and awarded a Gold Medal.
The traveling exhibit, called “Rise Above,” is run by the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, an organization dedicated to telling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. The CAF Red Tail Squadron has restored a P-51C Mustang fighter plane and travels 42 weeks out of the year to bring this story to museums, air shows and schools across the country.
The “Rise Above” exhibit consists of a movie, played on a panoramic screen inside of a semi-truck, featuring retired Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles E. McGee, who flew 409 combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The film, created by an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, tells the story of the black pilots and the many obstacles that they had to face in order to train and join the military.
The exhibit will also display a restored P-51C Mustang fighter, the same plane that the Tuskegee Airmen flew in World War II.
The Yankee Air Museum, at 47884 D St.in Belleville, Mich., will be running 10 free sessions to the exhibit throughout the day starting at 9 a.m. on Friday. Registration is required and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Each session is limited to 40 people.
To register for the exhibit, send an email to the museum’s educational director Rachel Krumwiede at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, you must give your name, phone number, email address, the number of people in your group and which session you wish to register for.