The 2011 air show season is over and I'm pleased to report the CAF Red Tail Squadron had a successful year. This year's success was greatly enhanced by the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit. The debut of the Traveling Exhibit at AirVenture in July gave the public a preview of how it complements the red tail P-51C Mustang.
At many air show venues after Oshkosh we were able to contact educators prior to the aircraft and RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit's arrival. This allowed us to showcase the Traveling Exhibit off tarmac, in the local community. Our driving team/docents, Terry and Jeanette Hollis, were able to expose over 300 young people a day to the Imax-type film "Rise Above," which was played every 45 minutes. Adam White of Hemlock Films in Cleveland, OH specifically developed the film and its special curved-screen format for us.
At some air shows, we were able to stage the red-tailed Mustang directly in front of the Traveling Exhibit for maximum effect. We invite you to check in with us regularly in 2012 to read about what we're doing. It's easy to do - just go to our website - www.redtail.org - and click on the "news hub" icon in the header.
In December, some of the CAF Red Tail Squadron team traveled to the annual ICAS (International Council of Air Shows) convention in Las Vegas Nevada. While there, the Squadron received the ICAS Special Achievement Award for its outstanding service in the air show community. Many of the attend- ees took the time to express their gratitude to us for bringing the lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen to the classrooms and air shows. Our experiences at ICAS really ended our air show season on a high note. I believe Don Hinz would be very proud of what we have accomplished. It really is a team effort!
We're expecting a busy 2012 concurrent with the release of the new George Lucas film "Red Tails." The movie will be released on January 20th and it looks like a winner.