THE RED TAIL SQUADRON P-51C ……..Visits The KC Air Show….

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The RED TAIL SQUADRON , a component of the Commemorative Air Force, honors and keeps alive the remarkable history of The Tuskegee Airmen. The Airmen were America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Overcoming significant obstacles of the times, they persevered, trained and served with bravery, valor and distinction in World War II.

The Tuskegee Airmen served in Europe, flying fighter protection and escort for Allied Bombers. The planes in their squadron were easily identified by their distinctive paint scheme – the Red Tail on their P-51 single engine fighters.

Distinctive Red Tail Of The P-51 Flown By The Tuskegee Airmen

The Red Tail Squadron brought their beautifully restored Red Tail P-51C to the KC Airshow in July. It was a featured star of the show. performing as the opening flight on each of the two days of the event.

P-51C In Flight At KC Air Show

The Red Tail P-51C was piloted by the Red Tail Squadron leader, Doug Rozendaal at the KC Air Show. ( He was kind enough to pose wearing the old style helmet and goggles shown below. For his actual fligtst he wore more up-to-date gear)

P-51C at KC Air Show – Piloted by Doug Rozendaal
Doug Rozendaal

The Red Tail Squadron also brought their traveling exhibit – “Rise Above” – to the KC Airshow. The exhibit features a 160 degree panoramic screen showing the film, “Rise Above,” an emotional and dramatic documentary presenting the history and accomplishments of the brave Tuskegee Airmen. The film also documents The Red Tail Squadron’s work to preserve and present the story of The Tuskegee Airmen as well as the P-51C.

The Rise Above Exhibit with Kansas City Skyline in the background.

The weather in Kansas City was a wee bit warm for the Air Show – well, Okay – it was HOT!. The Red Tail Squadron helped out visitors who were looking for a bit of relief from the heat. The Rise Above Exhibit is air-conditioned which helped make the exhibit a fan favorite. Even the Red Tail P-51C helped out – providing much needed shade for some lucky air show patrons.

Welcome Shade Provided Courtesy Of The Tuskegee Airmen’s p-51C
P-51C Cockpit
Distinctive Exhaust Ports On The V-12 Rolls-Royce (Packard) Merlin liquid-cooled V-1650-7 Engine of the Red Tail’s P-51C

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KC AIR SHOW VIDEO – FEATURING THE RED TAIL P-51

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Visitors to the KC Air Show loved the Rise Above exhibit and the Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C. It was a favorite backdrop for some great “selfies!”

The CAF Red Tail Squadron and their Rise Above: Red Tail outreach program are wonderful organizations, keeping alive the History of The Tuskegee Airmen. The KC Air Show was fortunate to have them as featured participants. If you visited their exhibit and watched their Red Tail P-51C perform then you know what I mean. If you missed them – hopefully you will catch them the next time they are in your area.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT

WWW.REDTAIL.ORG

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CAFREDTAILSQUADRON

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CHECK OUT THE RED TAIL SQUADRON ………….. AND ENJOY THE ADVENTURE!

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