In cities across the U.S., vintage military aircraft rest quietly in museums where school children and tourists admire them, take their pictures and leave them behind closed doors at the end of each day. But at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will blast aviation history out of the museum for visitors to learn from and be inspired by, up close and personal!
The CAF is bringing two unique assets to help tell the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17G Flying Fortress, will be appearing along with the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, a mobile theater featuring an original film about the Tuskegee Airmen. This duo share an important story that honors the history and legacy of these WWII aviators, and serve as an inspiration to current generations to RISE ABOVE obstacles in their own lives. The CAF Dixie Wing’s P-51D Red Nose will also be on site with the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit for view on static display April 5-8.
Visitors can tour the cockpit of the Flying Fortress and step inside a world of living history. Admission for this special appearance is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and $20 for a family of up to five members. (Standard admission rates to SUN ‘n FUN apply.)
Entrance is free to the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile panoramic theater. All ages are welcome to enjoy this immersive and exciting experience to learn about the Tuskegee Airmen.
Please join us for this special opportunity for veteran aircrew!
All aircrew from the WWII, Korea and Viet Nam eras are invited to attend a special event on Wednesday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. Come see the Flying Fortress take to the air AND meet today’s crews alongside yesterday’s heroes! The CAF will host a meet-and-greet with original Tuskegee Airmen and a WWII B-17 aviator. Our special guests will share how the unique relationship between the bombers and the Tuskegee Airmen ensured the success of critical bombing missions. Veterans are invited to gather for a special photo commemorating their success. For more information about SUN ‘n FUN special admission pricing for veterans, visit http://www.flysnf.org/sun-n-fun-intl-fly-expo/admission-rates/. Please join us!