Visit from the Tuskegee Airmen, Feb. 9-11, 2012
Three Tuskegee Airmen, African American veterans of World War II and former combat pilots of the P51 fighter plane recently been portrayed in the Lucas “Red Tails” film, will reunite this Thurs., Feb 9 through Sat., Feb. 11 at Fantasy of Flight. The event features three distinguished Airmen — Leo Gray, 91, Ft. Lauderdale, who served as a consultant on the recently released Lucas “Red Tails” film, as well as Daniel Keel, 89, Leesburg and George Hardy, 86, Sarasota.
In honor of Black History Month, the “Legends & Legacies Symposium Series” kicks off with “They Dared to Fly,” in which three of the remaining Tuskegee Airman, the first African Americans to be trained as WWII military pilots, will reunite at Fantasy of Flight to share their recollections of wartime military service during segregated America. Of the original group of nearly 1,000 trained pilots and 15,000 ground personnel that made up the Tuskegee Airmen, roughly 50 pilots and 200 ground crew are alive today.
Fantasy of Flight’s permanent multi-media Tuskegee Airmen exhibit, which also includes previously recorded interviews with several of the pioneering Airmen, provides the perfect backdrop for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the brave men who fought America’s enemies abroad while enduring racism at home.
“They Dared to Fly” open forum/question-and-answer session followed by a meet and greet and photo sessions with some of the airmen.
Thursday, Feb. 9 10:30 a.m.* and 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10 10:30 a.m.* and 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.