The Commemorative Air Force’s rare WWII TUSKEGEE AIRMEN RED TAIL P-51C Mustang is scheduled to arrive March 8 at Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium.  Weather permitting, the ultimate World War II fighter plane will roar down Tulsa International Airport’s runway 18R/36L as it arrives at TASM for a three day stay.  The Mustang will join the CAF’s Red Tail Squadron RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit that has been at TASM since Tuesday of this week.  The Mustang is expected to arrive around 12:00 PM Tulsa time.

The rare P-51C Mustang has a bright red tail and it is a key part of an educational initiative to help people, particularly young people, understand and appreciate the history and legacy of the special group of black pilots who flew airplanes with bright red tails during WWII, the Tuskegee Airmen.

 The CAF Red Tail Squadron's new RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a customized 53' trailer with expandable sides that houses a 160-degree curved movie screen and seating for 30 in climate-controlled comfort.  An original movie called "RISE ABOVE" focuses on what the Tuskegee Airmen pilots and their support personnel had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country during World War II.  It also features some great flying footage in the      P-51C Mustang as well as the story of the airplane’s restoration, destruction and subsequent resurrection.  

 The CAF Red Tail Squadron, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), completed a $1 million restoration of the Mustang in 2009 and the airplane has been on the air show circuit ever since.  At each stop, its pilots and crew take every opportunity to tell audiences the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black fighter pilots to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps (now U.S. Air Force) and the thousands of other black men and women who supported them.

The RED TAIL SQUADRON arrives at TASM during the four-month run of the exhibit, THE TEST, a traveling exhibit about the TUSKEGEE AIRMEN.  THE TEST continues at TASM through April 14, 2012.  Visitors will be able to experience the RED TAIL SQUADRON as well as THE TEST for the regular admission price.  The arrival time of the P-51C is subject to weather conditions along its flight route and upon its arrival in the Tulsa area.  The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and P-51C Mustang will be at TASM through Saturday, March 10.


The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, located in Tulsa, OK chronicles the incredible aerospace heritage of Tulsa which includes early Tulsa aviators, the rise of the Tulsa Municipal Airport, the work done at Douglas Tulsa, American Airlines, North American, Rockwell, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. The museum is the repository for not only its own artifact and aircraft collection garnered over the last 15 years but is also custodian of the Tulsa Airport Authority collection that includes the Charles W. Short collection.  Additionally, in May, 2006, Tulsa became home to one of only three planetariums in the world to have advanced digital technology, bringing full-dome educational experiences to Tulsa for the first time. Since the initial opening of the James E. Bertelsmeyer planetarium, over 150,000 people have experienced one of the many shows offered on a daily basis. For many students, this has been their first encounter with the vastness of our universe, the challenges of space travel, and the science of astronomy. The Museum & Planetarium’s facility plays a vital role in discovery-based learning for thousands of students each year.  TASM hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is:
• $12 for adults
• $10 for seniors (62 and older)
• $10 for active duty members of the U.S. military
• $10 for college students with valid ID
• $7 for youth (ages 4-12)
• Children 3 and under are free
• A 2nd planetarium show is $5

Phone (918) 834-9900 or visit our website at www.TulsaAirandSpaceMuseum.org for more information.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is located at 3624 N. 74th East Ave., across from the Tulsa Zoo/Mohawk Park entrance.

Contact: Kim Jones, Deputy Director/Curator
(918) 557-3332