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)
11 November 2013
Posted in Red Tail Pilots Monument
On Veterans Day, Orlando Science Center, Vision of Flight and the City of Orlando dedicated the first monument in the nation to honor the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen.
The monument celebrates the past and inspires the future. The Red Tail pilots battled adversity and prejudice and demonstrated that all things are possible.
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