Saturday, January 28, 2012

Red Tails Weekend!

No, not the NWA red tail, which is also gone, but the Tuskegee Airmen Red Tails!
It began last Saturday, January 21, when son Rick and I motored over to the Commemorative Air Force - Minnesota Wing (CAF) Museum at Fleming Field in South St. Paul. We knew they had a North American P-51 Mustang like those flown by the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII.
We had already made plans to see the new movie release "Red Tails" on Sunday, and an article in the StarTribune alerted us that the CAF had a P-51C in their museum. We thought it would be fun to see the real thing before we saw the movie.
Volunteers at the CAF museum couldn't have been nicer. Being winter, their airplanes were all in the hangars in various stages of maintenance. We'll go back this summer, when the aircraft will be displayed outside and flyable.
On Saturday, it was such fun to see a B-25 and the P-51C cheek to jowl
(nose to vertical stabilizer) in the hangar.
"Miss Mitchell" was a charmer, too.
Rick and I both had rides in a different B-25 named "I See No Problem" back in the 1970s, so it was especially fun to see this shiny bird.
Sunday we enjoyed the Red Tails movie.
A perfect weekend!


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