As the first national monument honoring the Red Tail Pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen, it offers the community a symbol of courage and triumph over adversity that will inspire future generations in their pursuit of academic success and careers in STEM fields, such as aviation.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. There were 932 pilots trained at Tuskegee, AL, of whom 356 airmen were considered an elite group of fighter pilots that were sent to various bases in Europe. Flying escort for heavy bombers, the pilots earned an impressive combat record. The Allies called these airmen “Red Tails” or “Red-Tail Angels” because of the distinctive crimson paint predominantly applied on the tail section of the unit’s aircraft.
Plaque 1 (East and West facing)
Plaque 2 (North and South facing)
Special Thanks to:
Syd Levy & United Trophy, Mfg
for their generous sponsorship of the monument;
Mike McKenzie, Vision of Flight;
Orlando Science Center;
City of Orlando:
Mayor Buddy Dyer
Jim Gray, District 1
Tony Ortiz, District 2
Robert F. Stuart, District 3
Patty Sheehan, District 4
Daisy W. Lynum, District 5
Samuel B. Ings, District 6
And thanks to Sprint for their sponsorship of the dedication ceremony.
Red Tails Monument Dedication Program
3.14 MB | August 20, 2015
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