Commemorative Air Force presents "Rise Above: Red Tail"
The Commemorative Air Force will bring its "Rise Above: Red Tail" Traveling Exhibit back to Dallas for a free Black History Month program. The CAF is partnering with area schools, churches and civic groups to offer a free field trip which provides students with an opportunity to learn about the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first African-American Military Pilots, and how the Airmen overcame segregation and adversity to become some of America’s best pilots in World War II.
The exhibit features a unique large-format curved screen theater which allows students to experience a 30-minute Rise Above film in an interactive setting. The film covers the topic of civil rights and the uphill struggle for equality as it pertains to this important piece of history. It also gives viewers an exciting feeling of flying in a rebuilt P-51 Mustang.
Students will participate in activities designed to emphasize the lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen, including new goal-setting activities designed to help young people create a path to success while articulating their life goals. Students will also be able to get “hands-on” history, handling artifacts from World War II. Veterans including decorated Vietnam veteran and noted actor Willie Minor will be onsite to meet with students and share their experiences. Groups will be led by CAF Vice President of Education Bill Shepard. Shepard received his pilot’s license at age 16 and is now an airshow pilot.