The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is bringing their RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit for its first debut north of the border August 24-28, 2016 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
Squadron’s unique program brings the inspirational history of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel – out of museums and textbooks with a unique immersive experience. The exciting RISE ABOVE Travelling Exhibit is a fully functional movie theater featuring the original short film “Rise Above,” designed to take 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 a P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen. 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.
“The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is honored to host a special ‘Tuskegee Airmen Red Tails Visit’ that is being made available to several underprivileged Youth organizations from the Hamilton and Greater Toronto Area. As part of the unique experience for these youth they will also go for a flight in one our own vintage aircraft, thanks to the kind financial support of our donors,” says Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum president and chief executive officer David G. Rohrer.
The event will also feature the P-51D Mustang Red Nose on display for up-close viewing, a rare treat for attendees as it is one of only a few like it still flying.
Red Nose traces its roots back to Canada when in 1951 the aircraft was transferred from the United States to the Royal Canadian Air Force under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program. It served in Canada until 1956 when it was decommissioned from service and purchased by a private company in the U.S. Rides in Red Nose will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to support the outreach work of the CAF. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It is my special honor to bring home the Canadian P-51D and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit to Hamilton, home of Gerald Bell, Canada’s first black fighter pilot,” says CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader and P-51 Mustang pilot Bill Shepard, a resident of Ontario. “The is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure. Kids and adults walk away from this experience with a greater understanding of the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Their story, and that of the CAF Red Tail Squadron, is a means to inspire them to achieve their potential. It’s a message that resonates with all ages because of the unique and interactive way it is told. It’s an experience not to be missed.”
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is located at 9280 Airport Rd. in Mount Hope, Ontario, located at the Hamilton International Airport. To learn more, visit www.warplane.com.
About the CAF Red Tail Squadron
The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven non-profit 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. RISE ABOVE Red Tail, their three-fold outreach program, includes a fully restored WWII-era P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen; the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile theater featuring the original panoramic film “Rise Above”; and resource materials for teachers and youth leaders. Each year, they embark on a nine-month cross-country tour that includes appearances at air shows, schools, museums and community events. The group’s Six Guiding Principles: Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win – serve as the foundation for their outreach programs and are based on the experiences and successes of the Tuskegee Airmen. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Learn more at www.redtail.org.
About the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was founded in 1972 and is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to acquire, document, preserve and maintain a complete collection of aircraft that were flown by Canadians and the Canadian military from the beginning of World War II to the present. Their role is to preserve the artifacts, books, periodicals and manuals relating to this mandate. The Museum now houses almost fifty aircraft, an extensive aviation Gift Shop and Exhibit Gallery. Learn more at www.warplane.com.