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Charles McGee to Appear with CAF Red Tail Squadron at Oshkosh
June 18, 2015 - Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles McGee will join the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron - America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, next month at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. The special tribute provides a unique educational opportunity for all ages to experience the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support crews.
EAA AirVenture’s Warbirds in Review program will feature the Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen Saturday, July 25, at 1 p.m. on Warbird Alley. McGee and squadron pilot Doug Rozendaal will provide an up-close look at the vintage WWII aircraft, which is outfitted much like the ones McGee flew in WWII.
McGee had a stellar 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, flying 409 fighter combat missions in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. During his military career, McGee flew the Bell P-39Q Airacobra, Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, North American P-51 Mustang, Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, Northrop F-89 Scorpion, and McDonnell RF-4, totaling 6,308 flying hours.
“We look for every opportunity to foster a greater understanding of the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen,” said CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader and P-51C Mustang pilot Brad Lang. “Their story, and that of the CAF Red Tail Squadron, is a means to inspire people of all ages to achieve their potential. Col. McGee is truly an American hero, and it is our honor and privilege to appear with him at Oshkosh.”
McGee and the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s participation in the event are presented by the EAA Warbirds of America, whose goal is to promote and encourage the preservation and safe operation of ex-military aircraft. Learn more at www.warbirds-eaa.org.