Exhibit features Tuskegee Airmen, P-51C on display


Fourth annual high school aviation expo Sept. 12, 13

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, in conjunction with Grand Aire, will present the CAF Red Tail Squadron RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit Sept. 10 to 13, at Toledo Express Airport.

The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It will take place at the Grand Aire hangar at Toledo Express Airport located at 11777 W. Airport Service Road in Swanton Township.

This free, all-ages event offers a unique experience to be inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel – who showed strength of character, courage and the ability to triumph over adversity during World War II.

The event will feature the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater and the squadron’s authentic, fully-restored WW II P-51C Mustang aircraft on static display for up-close viewing – a rare treat for attendees as it is one of only a few like it still flying. The exhibit is a fully functional movie theater featuring an original short inspirational film about the Tuskegee Airmen.

This immersing experience is housed in a climate controlled 53-foot semi trailer with expandable sides and equipped with a ramp and hydraulic lift to ensure access to all, comfortably accommodating 30 visitors for each showing. Because of its dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, the film creates the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in the P-51C Mustang – the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen in WW II.

TPS Aviation Center will also be hosting its 4th Annual High School Aviation Expo on Sept. 12 and 13, which will be connected to the CAF Red Tail Squadron RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at Grand Aire. At this event, the public will be able to see a 180th Fighter Wing F-16, a C-47 and a T-6 Texan. Free plane rides will also be offered to children ages 8 to 17.

Go to www.toledoportauthority.org/events for more information.

Fourth annual high school aviation expo Sept. 12, 13