Our mission in action
The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE: Red Tail educational outreach program is changing hearts and minds with the inspirational history and lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen. Here are snapshots of the mission in action, just a few of the many positive experiences that have resulted from sharing the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen in communities across the country!
Texas – A young man visited the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and was filled with enthusiasm after seeing the original film “Rise Above” inside the panoramic mobile movie theater. After an opportunity to meet original Tuskegee Airman Col Charles McGee, he was even more inspired to follow his dream. From that moment on he was determined to try out for the basketball team and do his best, despite having a medical condition that requires him to wear braces on his legs for support. On his own initiative, he researched to learn even more about the Tuskegee Airmen. The inspirational dog tag featuring the Six Guiding Principles he received from the CAF Red Tail Squadron became his constant companion. On the day of the try-outs, he held the dog tag in his hand and repeated, “Aim High, Believe in Yourself, and Never Quit!” Not only did this young man make the team, but he also scored two points in their first game!
Missouri – A young woman attended an airshow where the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit was making an appearance, but reluctantly registered to see the “Rise Above” movie. But after her inspirational experience in our immersive panoramic theater, she decided that she could take on the courage of the Tuskegee Airmen to Aim High and Believe In Herself to find the inner strength needed to fight her battle with cancer.
Florida – A young man was fighting a battle at school that no one was aware of. After watching the film “Rise Above,” he decided that if the Tuskegee Airmen could learn to fly, he could face his bully at school. He talked with his parents and then went to school wearing his inspirational dog tag. He explained the situation to his teacher and then to the principal. The problem was resolved, thanks to his courage and the inspirational message of the Tuskegee Airmen!
Ohio – A man who viewed the “Rise Above” film decided that he could still follow his dream to become a pilot. He had started the process earlier in his life, but gave up after other things got in the way. After being inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, he put a plan in motion to go back and find the funding to follow his passion!