P-51 ‘Red Nose’ Plans Visit to Moton Field, Tuskegee

Red Nose flying a lucky passenger last month in Peachtree City. ( Photo by John Willhoff)
Red Nose flying a lucky passenger last month in Peachtree City. ( Photo by John Willhoff)
Red Nose flying a lucky passenger last month in Peachtree City. ( Photo by John Willhoff)

Visitors may have an opportunity to fly in a P-51 Mustang, Red Nose, at the second annual Tuskegee Airmen Legacy Open House on Saturday, July 16.  The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Ga., plans to bring its historic aircraft to Moton Field if at least two rides can be scheduled by 5 pm Thursday, July 14.

“The Dixie Wing team is looking forward to bringing Red Nose to the CAF Red Tail Squadron event, although as a non-profit organization we must arrange for at least two rides before we can confirm our participation,” said Dixie Wing Leader Jay Bess. “Our P-51 is similar to the aircraft flown by the Red Tail Squadron in WWII, which will add a realistic, historic touch to Saturday’s event.” To schedule a ride of a lifetime, click HERE or call Marvona at 812-240-2560.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the National Tuskegee Historic Site at historic Moton Field in Tuskegee from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and see the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, military aircraft on static display, aerial displays, skydiving, and hands-on opportunities to learn about US Air Force and other military careers while experiencing the inspirational history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Hangar One Museum at The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama ( photo by Rivers A. Langley via Wikipedia)
The Hangar One Museum at The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama ( photo by Rivers A. Langley via Wikipedia)

The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, Texas, the organization has more than 13,000 members and operates a fleet of more than 162 World War II aircraft.  www.commemorativeairforce.org. It was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft that were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.

More than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, the CAF’s fleet of historic aircraft, known as the CAF Ghost Squadron, recreate, remind and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history. The Dixie Wing was approved as the 83rd CAF unit on Feb.28, 1987, and has since displayed its collection of vintage World War II aircraft in numerous air shows throughout the Southeast. The wing is a non-profit, tax-exempt “flying museum” that depends on contributions of time and funds to carry out its mission.

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. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit’s 53-foot mobile theater features the original panoramic film “Rise Above.” 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, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Learn more at redtail.org.

To schedule a ride of a lifetime, click HERE or call Marvona at 812-240-2560.

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