A part of the non-profit Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the Red Tail Squadron maintains and flies a WWII era North American P-51 Mustang. The twice-restored aircraft flies to create interest in the history and accomplishments of the members of the WWII era 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who were America's first African American military pilots.
The name comes from the distinctive red markings on the tails of the P-51s that were flown during the war. Originally conceived as a restoration project, Red Tail evolved into an education program. The Red Tail Squadron has raised over $2 million for the aircraft's two restorations, its ongoing maintenance and associated educational initiatives. Striving to be an inspiration for all, the team innovates ideas for teachers and others who work with youth so the young people they guide can be motivated to set goals and rise above any obstacles in order to achieve success.