Colonel Charles McGee mentors a youg boy.

Commemorative Air Force

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Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson meets a new friend who is interested in aviation.

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Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, Col. Charles McGee, and Lt. Col. George Hardy by the Mustang.

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A family has their picture taken with the Airmen.

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Col. McGee & Lt. Col. Jefferson talking with youth at an airshow.

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Colonel Charles McGee mentors a youg boy.

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P-51C Mustang "Tuskegee Airmen"

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A MN National Guard member and his sons contemplate the six tenets of the Rise Above message

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Crowds gather around the display of the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and the Mustang.

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Youth watch the RISE ABOVE movie in the exhibit.

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All children are given a free dog tag as they leave the movie.

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Rise Above = jump for joy!

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Showing off their dog tags.

RISE ABOVE - Inspiring youth to overcome obstacles and attain excellence based on the lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Their three-fold outreach program includes an authentic, fully restored WWII-era P51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen; the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile theater featuring the original panoramic film “Rise Above”; and educational materials and programs for teachers and youth leaders.

The group’s six guiding principals – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win – serve as the foundation for their outreach programs and are based on the experiences and successes of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Because of the generous support of donors and sponsors, the CAF Red Tail Squadron is able to bring their outreach program to air shows, events and schools throughout the country. With each stop they have the opportunity to inspire and educate a new audience. With each teacher that implements their materials into the classroom, a student has the chance to dream a little bigger and perhaps blossom into a leader for change.

The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen resonates with young people and is a powerful and inspirational piece of history that can positively impact lives. Please share this information and help inspire students to aspire to excellence based on the lessons and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen!

We also offer these innovative educational materials and resources to educators and youth leaders to help inspire our youth:

• A free iBook, Aim High – The Aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen. This is an exciting and visual look at the history of the famous black military pilots and crewman who became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. This interactive book covers all of the important planes the Airmen flew in their growth as pilots and gives readers a feel for the progress the airmen achieved in their flying skills and exploits in combat. The book is geared for readers who prefer more images, sounds and slide shows and less text. In this way, we hope to inspire young people with the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen to aim high and rise above to triumph over adversity.

The iBook can be downloaded at

(You must have an iPad or an Apple computer with a Maverick operating system to download the iBook.)

• TAKE OFF FOR FUN, an educational kit filled with resources for educators and other youth leaders that will help young people learn about the Tuskegee Airmen, history, science and aviation.

More information about these and other educational resources can be found at

Thank you for sharing our vision. And if you should see us at an event in the near future, I hope you will come up out of the crowd and introduce yourself as a supporter of the CAF Red Tail Squadron. We'd like to shake your hand. You can find our schedule online at

What people are saying:

My grade 6 class from Wiscasset Middle School in Wiscasset, ME tremendously enjoyed the Tuskegee Airmen Show and were thrilled to see the five WWII planes. It will be a strong foundation for them as they study American history and they will be able to refer back to this as an example of American pride. They really enjoyed receiving the dog tags and we made inspirational posters for our halls using the motivational phrases.

N. Erkman, Grade 6 ELA WMS

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Commemorative Air Force
PO BOX 62000
9600 Wright Dr MIDLAND, TX 79711




RISE ABOVE - Inspiring youth to overcome obstacles and attain excellence based on the lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen.

EIN: 741484491

Reports: Guidestar


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