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Rise Above Traveling Exhibit


Put yourself in the cockpit and soar above the clouds in your own P-51C Mustang as you step inside a traveling immersion exhibit featuring the original film, RISE ABOVE, on a 160-degree panoramic screen in a 30-seat temperature-controlled movie theater. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit highlights the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame obstacles to train and fight as U.S. Army Air Corps pilots, and what it means to us 60 years later.

Watch the Rise Above Promotional Video

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Every student who visits the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit as part of a school or Educational Outreach Program is given an inspirational dog tag with the six guiding principles of the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s Rise Above educational program. These principles reflect how the Tuskegee Airmen rose above all of the obstacles they faced in order to fly and fight for America. The dog tags read: Aim High – Believe In Yourself – Use Your Brain – Never Quit – Be Ready to Go – Expect To Win


The development of the exhibit was sponsored by the Texas Flying Legends Museum based in Houston, TX. Like the CAF Red Tail Squadron, the Texas Flying Legends Museum uses aviation and history as educational tools.

At air shows and other public venues, admission to the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is free with on-site registration of a valid email address. At schools and youth clubs, admission is free and email information is not requested.

The “Rise Above” Movie

If you’re a kid interested in becoming an astronaut, you couldn’t have a better cheerleader than a Tuskegee Airman. In the school version of the “RISE ABOVE” movie, a young student with that dream finds out that his new friend fought in a long-ago war as a pilot. He also learns that the man had to overcome many obstacles to reach his goal and that any goal worth having is worth working for. Tuskegee Airman Col. (ret) Charles E. McGee plays himself. “Col. Mac” flew an astounding 409 combat missions during three wars: WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

The movie highlights who the Tuskegee Airmen are and how they overcame so many obstacles to be allowed to train and fight as the first black U.S. Army Air Corps pilots. The film also features the story of the more than 10,000 other black men and women who trained hard to support the pilots. The courage and determination they all exhibited in the 1940s as they rose above adversity to meet their goals still has the power to inspire Americans today. In addition, the movie will give viewers a thrilling feel for what it’s like to fly a P-51C Mustang!

“RISE ABOVE” was created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Adam White of Hemlock Films. This is the third time White has made a documentary featuring the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. He said, “It’s been my privilege to meet and work with many of the Tuskegee Airmen while making Red Tail Reborn, Flight of the Red Tail, and now Rise Above. I’m pleased to be part of the team that is ensuring that the dedication and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen will not be forgotten.”

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Be a Hometown Hero – Bring The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit To Your Event

The CAF Red Tail Squadron RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit travels the country and could be available to make a stop at an air show or other major event in your area. Imagine the draw an exhibit like this would be! As an added bonus, if time permits, the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit could also spend time at a local school, youth club or other venue where young people could see it and be inspired.

Call Kristi Younkin (479) 228-4520 or email logistics@redtail.org for more information.