Friday, September 16, 2011

P-51C Mustang and Traveling Exhibit Honoring Tuskegee Airmen Coming to MAPS Air Museum

The CAF Red Tail Squadron's rare P-51C Mustang will be at the Military Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) in North Canton, Ohio on September 16-18, 2011.  The WWII-vintage airplane has a bright red tail and flies to honor America's first black military pilots, the legendary Tuskegee Airmen.

What makes the red-tailed Mustang's visit to MAPS extra special is that the Squadron will be offering rides in it on September 16th 17th and 18th.  For 30 minutes, a lucky rider will sit in the special back seat enjoying the fabulous view and feeling the amazing power of the big Rolls Royce engine as the airplane, flown by a pilot certified to fly vintage aircraft, soars over the countryside.  If the rider wants the complete experience, he or she can take the "stick" and fly the airplane, too! This incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience is only $1,500.  Call 812-240-2560 to arrange a ride for yourself or a special someone during those three days.

Back on the ground, the Mustang will be joined by the new CAF Red Tail Squadron RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, a customized 53' trailer with expandable sides that houses a 160-degree curved movie screen and seating for 30 in climate-controlled comfort.  A 14-minute original movie called "RISE ABOVE" focuses on what the Tuskegee Airmen - pilots and their support personnel - had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country during World War II.  It also features some great flying footage - in the Mustang -that is enhanced by the long curved screen.  The movie was sponsored by the Texas Flying Legends Museum.  Check the MAPS website for times and admission fees,

This unique movie has local ties to the community.  The movie was created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Adam White, owner of Hemlock Films in Cleveland.  Part of the movie was shot in Cleveland using local actors and crew personnel.  Kara Martinelli, formerly of New Philadelphia and a 1998 graduate of Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School produced the movie.  She is a 2002 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in film production.

Several original Tuskegee Airmen are schedule to attend and will be available to sign autographs and tell their story. Members of the North Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. will also be present at the display and are available to answer your questions.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron's RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit will be open to the public at MAPS on these dates and times:

Friday, September 16:            1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m

Saturday, September 17:       9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 18:          9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

MAPS is located at 2260 International Parkway, North Canton, OH 44720 (phone: 330-896-6332).

About the CAF:

Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 8,000 members and a fleet of 156 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 74 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information, visit or call (432) 563-1000. For more information about the CAF Red Tail Squadron, visit

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