The free family-friendly event will feature the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron's RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit that tells the story of the first African American aviators in the US Military, and how they battled against the Nazis and against the prejudices of their fellow countrymen.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron relates the Tuskegee Airmen's story in a visual, exciting and easily understood way. It consists of two unique educational components. First is a rare red-tailed P-51C Mustang plane like the Tuskegee Airmen flew against the Nazis in WWII. On-site historians will share the history of the plane. The second component is a 53' long customized semi-trailer, which houses a climate controlled movie theater with a 160 degree screen featuring the movie, "Rise Above." This film features the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and also gives viewers the sights, sounds and feel of what it's like to pilot a Mustang. The P-51 Mustang will be available for public flights, as will a number of other aircraft.
Highlights of the weekend will include a salute to the military, performances by drum and bugle corps, marching bands, live entertainment, car and motorcycle cruises, appearances by local TV, radio and sports personalities, food and merchandise vendors, and a health fair featuring the Highmark Direct Mobile Unit.
This event is made possible through the generosity of grants by Highmark Blue Cross and FedEx. Media sponsors include Comcast Mon Media and Soul Pitt Media. Supporters are Corp Air, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics-PIA and Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.