SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron will visit the Clarion County Airport to speak with local youth and be a part of the Airport’s Open House on August 16-17, 2013; the Squadron will also perform an aerial demonstration on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for youth attendees and again at 10:00 a.m. during the Open House celebration on Saturday.
Clarion County Airport, in partnership with local businesses, civic organizations, and Clarion University is hosting the visit to the airport and will include a flight demonstration by one of only four remaining operational P-51C Mustangs. It is highly recognizable because of its bright red tail and signifies the story of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang is scheduled to arrive at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16 and will be on display for area youth at 7:30 p.m. in the large hangar at the airport. Any young person interested in aviation is encouraged to attend the program, which will last about two hours.
On Saturday, August 17, Clarion County Airport will host its annual Open House in celebration of National Aviation Day. The flight demonstration of the Red Tail P-51C Mustang will be at 10:00 a.m. and will depart the airport at noon.
Directions to Clarion County Airport can be found at http://www.clarionairport.com/driving-directions. For additional details about the event, please click here.
For more information about CAF visit www.commemorativeairforce.org or call 888-928-0188. For additional information about the CAF Red Tail Squadron, visit www.redtail.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
About the CAF:
In 1957, a small group of ex-service pilots pooled their money to purchase a P-51 Mustang, beginning what is now called the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). With the addition of a pair of F8F Bearcats, the CAF became the founders of the Warbird Movement, an effort to preserve and honor our military history with the rallying cry to “Keep ‘Em Flying!” Now, 55 years later, the CAF is the premier Warbird organization, operating 156 vintage aircraft in Honor of American Military Aviation. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 10,000 members and its fleet of historic aircraft is distributed to 80 units located in 24 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org or call 877-767-7175.