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Weekend Air Show in Monroe Features Plane Used by Tuskegee Airmen

A roaring jet engine offers a recognizable sound, and the smell of burning aviation fuel is hard to forget.

The word memorable is perhaps the best way of describing the pilots who sat in aging cockpits.

A 71 year old aircraft is offering a moving tribute to the World War Two Tuskegee Airmen, and the amazing plane that helped make them famous.

Their calling card was the well known Red Tail P-51 Mustang.

Doug Rozendaal offers a link to this trail of history, and the aircraft is part of a show that's part of the Commemorative Air force's, Red Tail Traveling Exhibit.

"It's a great honor to be able to take this airplane out and employ it as a tool to tell a story," he said.

"Specifically, this airplane, because of its Red Tail tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, Which were a group of guys who wanted to fly and fight for their country, but because of the color of their skin, they didn't have an opportunity."

What they did was help change the course of American History, and this weekend veterans from past American conflicts will be remembered in Union County at the Monroe Executive Airport.
It is called Warbirds and Warriors.

Bob Wilson is one of the organizers.

"Going back in time, think of what they must have gone through," Wilson said.

Vintage footage often tells their story of hope and the hardship they faced during America's war effort, but cramped quarters can come in a plane with two seats at three thousand feet, but a spectacular view makes up for any inconvenience in comfort.


Union County and Center City Charlotte were part of this aerial tour, and back on the ground come the lessons of desire, struggle, and accomplishment.

Those are the examples carried out by the World War Two veterans.

The airport exhibit runs through Sunday.

 

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