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'Red Tail' squadron vistits Purdue

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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 10:00 am

Local residents and students in grades 3-12 will get the chance to learn about a group of color barrier-breaking African-American World War II fighter pilots.

The Purdue Airport will be host to the Commemorative Air Force’s Red Tail Squadron today through Saturday. The squadron honors the Tuskegee Airmen and works to inform attendees on the accomplishments of its members.

The squadron will educate the students through an interactive exhibit which depicts the struggle and perseverance of the first black military pilots. It also includes a fully restored P-51C Mustang that was flown by the pilots during the war.

Students will also be able to take part in a flight simulator, visit the plane and meet the pilot, view a short film about the Red Tail pilots and participate in other activities offered by the University.

The Red Tail Squadron exhibit will be free and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

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