Tuskegee Airmen Coming to the 1940 Air Terminal Museum
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, will be at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston Hobby Airport with multiple opportunities for people of all ages to experience the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. The event will feature the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater, showing the original short film “Rise Above.”Visit the Museum Tuesday, November 17 through Saturday, November 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or Sunday November 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen in this unique, interactive exhibit. Local youth and community groups are encouraged to reserve a private showing by contacting Amy Rogers of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at (813) 454-1940 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Student groups that reserve a showing will receive a free CAF Red Tail Squadron inspirational dog tag featuring their guiding Six Principles – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit, Expect to Win.
The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a fully functional movie theater featuring the original short film “Rise Above.” This immersive experience is housed in a climate controlled 53’ semi trailer with expandable sides and equipped with a ramp and hydraulic lift to ensure access to all, comfortably accommodating 30 visitors for each showing.Because of its dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, the film creates the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in the P-51C Mustang – the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII. Audience members will learn what it was like for the Airmen as they worked toward their goal of becoming U.S. Army Air Corps pilots in the early 1940’s, and the obstacles they had the perseverance to overcome. At the conclusion of the film, audiences experience the excitement and thrill of flying this historic aircraft – touted the world’s greatest fighter – in formation, aerobatics and picturesque passes. View a preview at www.redtail.org/traveling-exhibit/.
“The exhibit is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure,” said CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader and P-51C Mustang pilot Bill Shepard. “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 1940 Air Terminal Museum is located at 8325 Travelair Street in Houston on the west side of William P. Hobby Airport, near Telephone Road. Standard admission rates to the Museum will apply, although entrance to the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is FREE! Visit www.1940airterminal.org/ for more information about the museum.