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Tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

Rise Above exhibit at Oregin Air Show

7/15/2015, 3:59 p.m.
The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is bringing its Rise Above mobile theater ...
Make plans to be inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen and learn about the history and legacy of America’s first black military pilots during the Oregon International Air Show this weekend at the Hillsboro Airport. Max Haynes

The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is bringing its Rise Above mobile theater and World War II P-51C Mustang aircraft to the Oregon International Air Show this weekend.

The exhibit is a unique opportunity for all ages to experience the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel.

The Oregon International Air Show will take place at the Hillsboro Airport Friday, July 17 through Sunday, Jul6 19. Standard entrance rates the air show will apply, although admission to the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit is free.

The Squadron’s P-51C Mustang will perform in the air show and be on static display for up-close viewing, a rare treat for attendees as it is one of only a few like it still flying.

“We salute the Commemorative Air Force for keeping alive the courageous story of the Tuskegee Airmen for new generations of Americans and we are excited for Oregon to experience this outstanding exhibit,” said Bill Braack, air show president.

The exhibit features an original short film “Rise Above,” designed to take the audience on a journey through time and provide an intimate look at the struggles and challenges faced by the black airmen, who showed extraordinary courage and strength of character as they fought for their right to serve our country during World War II.

The theater’s dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen creates the sensation of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in the P-51C Mustang, experiencing the excitement and thrill of flying breath-taking aerobatic maneuvers.

“The exhibit is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure,” said CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader and P-51C Mustang pilot Brad Lang. “Kids and adults walk away from this experience with a greater understanding of the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Their story, and that of the CAF Red Tail Squadron, is a means to inspire them to achieve their potential. It’s a message that resonates with all ages because of the unique and interactive way it is told. It’s an experience not to be missed.”

School, youth and community groups are invited to contact Air Show staff at 503-629-0706 or ticketsales@oregonairshow.com to reserve a private showing.