FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) is hosting the CAF Red Tail Squadron's RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit March 20-24, 2019 to offer a unique opportunity for the young and the young-at-heart to not only learn about, but experience the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen (aka Red Tails). The Exhibit will be open to the public, at no charge, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at FXE, located at 2020 Executive Airport Way, Fort Lauderdale.
The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a panoramic movie theater housed inside of an air-conditioned 53’ semitrailer with expandable sides and equipped with a ramp and hydraulic lift to ensure access to all (must be seated in a wheelchair or scooter to use the lift). Because of its dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, the original "RISE ABOVE" movie transports audiences back in time to experience what it was like to be a black airman during WWII and the obstacles faced by America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel, known today as the Tuskegee Airmen, as they worked toward their goal of becoming U.S. Army Air Corps pilots in the early 1940s. At the conclusion of the movie, audiences will experience the excitement and thrill of flying the world’s greatest fighter aircraft, the P-51 Mustang. Filmed with a 180-degree lens, along with the state-of-the-art theater design, attendees will feel like they are in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in a P-51C Mustang, the iconic signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Attendees will have the opportunity to see a fully operational, twice restored Red Tail P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen aircraft as part of the exhibit. The P-51C Mustang, which is only one of four like it still flying, will be on static display at FXE March 20-24. The aircraft is described as a must-see museum without walls and is highly recognizable because of its bright red tail, which signifies the often overlooked story of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
Executive Airport is also hosting Tuskegee Airmen pilot Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) George E. Hardy, who will be on site at the Exhibit Thursday, March 21 from noon to 3 p.m. and Friday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lieutenant Colonel Hardy will also speak about his experiences as a Tuskegee Airman at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 during the annual Aviation Safety Expo at FXE. Now in his mid-90s, Lieutenant Colonel Hardy is the youngest of the 13 known living Red Tail combat pilots.