The amazing accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and beyond will be celebrated as the theme of the third annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend Oct. 7-8, 2017, at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, Chamblee, Ga. Hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing, the weekend will feature the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater along with its restored P-51 Mustang , “Tuskegee Airmen.”
“We are bringing at least 20 original Tuskegee Airmen veterans to share in the acknowledgment of the outstanding history of the black aviators who overcame prejudice and adversity to serve their country so well,” said Atlanta Warbird Weekend Chairman Moreno Aguiari. “We also plan to exhibit aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, including the P-51, P-47, P-40, and trainers used then, such as the BT-13, PT-17 Stearman and T-6. An original Tuskegee Airmen T-6 will appear courtesy of the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum out of Detroit, Mich. It was delivered to Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama in 1943. The museum also will bring a 37-panel exhibit.”
The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater tours the country throughout the year to educate and inspire young and old with the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Special tours will be provided for Atlanta school children Wednesday through Friday. School officials can book student tours by contacting marketing[@]dixiewing.org.
Another highlight this year is the appearance of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17, “Aluminum Overcast,’ and rides will be offered Thursday through Sunday. Rides may be booked in advance by clicking HERE.
WWII aircraft rides in P-51 Mustang, SBD Dauntless, T-6 and more, will be available for purchase throughout the weekend, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience for young and old alike. Warbird rides can be purchased HERE.
The Atlanta Warbird Weekend also plans to screen the documentary “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen” on Friday night. Educational programs Saturday and Sunday will include Warbirds in Review presentations in front of various historic aircraft.
The annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend dinner Saturday night will feature the Tuskegee Airmen at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. Tickets are available by clicking HERE.