Forest Park, Ill. – June 19, 2017 – For two days of FREE events including airplane rides, displays, aerial demos and more, plan on attending one of the upcoming Tuskegee Airmen Legacy Open House events made possible by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, Legacy Flight Academy (LFA), Golden Eagle Aviation (GEA) and the 187th
Fighter Wing of the Alabama National Guard! Experience the thrill of flight at this family-friendly event featuring modern and vintage aircraft in the air and on the ground,
plus hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. On-site educational organizations and companies are guaranteed to ignite excitement about aviation-related career opportunities.
This event honors the heroic Tuskegee Airmen (the nation’s first African-American military pilots) and celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the 100th Fighter Squadron (one of the first squadrons of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen). Spearheaded by LFA, a non-profit organization that conducts character-based youth aviation programs focused upon the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Legacy Open House seeks to inspire young and old alike with the timeless example of dedication, service, and sacrifice exemplified by the Tuskegee Airmen.
“We’re proud to honor these American heroes and to ensure their legacy continues on throughout future generations,” said LFA founder and fighter pilot, United States Air Force Major Kenyatta Ruffin. “Our programs provide hundreds of free flights, workshops and valuable mentoring for youth around the country.”
Thursday, June 22, visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (National Park Service) located at Moton Field, Tuskegee, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Legacy Open House is from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will feature a hands-on tour of an Embraer Regional Airliner from Envoy Air Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group. Also featured is the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, a mobile movie theater with a 160-degree panoramic screen that creates the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring
above the clouds in a P-51C Mustang, the iconic World War II aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen. This amazing aircraft will also be on display, plus aircraft flights. Food will be available for purchase.
Saturday, June 24, visit the 187th Fighter Wing located next to the Montgomery Regional Airport to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the 100th Fighter Squadron. The Legacy Open House is from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will feature displays and demonstrations from members of the Alabama Air National Guard. Don’t miss the spectacular formation fly-over of the Red Tail P-51 and F-16, as well as the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, sponsored in part by the Alabama Military Support Foundation. Guest speakers will reflect on the significance of the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and offer insights and advice on civilian and militarycareers in the aerospace industry. Food will be available for purchase. Please, no backpacks, coolers or pets at this June 24 event.
Groups are welcome to attend. For further information or questions, call (334) 394-7157 or (334) 727-6485.
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