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Red Tail





With the cooperation of the whole community, there were almost 1,500 children from the community
who were able to learn historical lessons, view this important exhibit and be knowledgable in the
Chanute Air Force Base part in the Red Tail history. 



AirLife/AirMethods American Legion Post #71 Bank of Rantoul Bill & Marilyn Worra
Exchange Club of Rantoul Butch Schroeder Butcher Boy Burgers Champaign County Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Chanute Alumni Association CJ's Longarm Quilting Credit Union 1 Doug Mayer-Ott's Drive In
Ed & Barbara Kobel Gary's Unisex Hairstyling Illini Radio Group John Gregory Townsend
Kaye Heath William Blackwell & Bernice Blackwell McMahon Auto Nancy Kobel
Quarters Inn and Suites Rantoul Historical Society Rantoul Rotary - In-kind Rantoul Veterans Memorial
Red Wheel Restaurant Shield's Auto Center Sue Jean Taylor Studios
Tracy Lunquist/Mike Bakula Wal-Mart - Rantoul Doug & Carol Rokke Thrifty Nickel
Frasca International Busey Bank Casey's General Store


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The goal of the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is to share with everyone the Inspiring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen - America’s first black military pilots and their crewmen. Their courage, determination and ability to triumph over adversity during World War II can serve to inspire others about how to succeed today.

This unique educational traveling exhibit will offer the following and be an asset to your airshow:

• A rare P-51C Mustang – will draw crowds and media attention for three reasons: it is one of only four like it still flying, it has a bright red tail and it is a key part of an educational mission. That mission is to help people - particularly young people - understand and appreciate the history and legacy of a special group of black pilots who flew airplanes sporting bright red tails as they fought the Nazis during WWII – the Tuskegee Airmen.

• The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit – Housed in a 53’ long semi-rig, the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit contains a 30-seat temperature-controlled movie theater with a 180- degree screen. Every 45 minutes, it will run a 30-minute movie that highlights who the Tuskegee Airmen are, how they overcame obstacles to be allowed to train and fight as U.S. Army Air Corps pilots, how more than 10,000 other black men and women also trained hard to support the pilots, and what the courage and determination they exhibited then still means to all Americans today. The movie will also give viewers a feel for what it’s like to pilot a Mustang!




Chanute Air Museum

1011 Pacesetter Drive

Rantoul, IL 61866

Thank you for your support!

For additional information on the CAF Red Tail Squadron see http://www.redtail.org/