|Saginaw Valley Air Museum
4805 Janes Road
Saginaw, Michigan 48601
|The Tuskegee Airman
|Hemlock Public School Campus
May 1, 2014
It will be free and open to the public 3:00pm and 5:00pm.
For info on the Hemlock exhibit, call 989-642-5282
May 3, 2014
The exhibit move to the Harry W. Browne Airport, 4821 Janes Road on Saturday,
May 3rd from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
The exhibit will be joined
Weather permitting, by the Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang fighter aircraft.
| Hemlock Students to Learn How to “Rise Above” Obstacles
By David L. Schneider
Hemlock public school students will be participating in the Commemorative Air Force RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit April 28th through May 1st. The
exhibit, which travels 42 weeks each year to air shows and schools throughout the United States, sets to inspire young people to aim high,
achieve their goals, and overcome adversity by showing how the famous World War II Tuskegee Airmen overcame racism, prejudice and other
almost unsurmountable obstacles to become the country’s first black military combat pilots.
The exhibit, which will be parked at the Hemlock Public School campus, consists of a 53-foot long semi-trailer and tractor with a 35-seat theatre in
the trailer. Shown during the 40 minute presentation is an original IMAX movie called RISE ABOVE, developed and filmed specifically for the Red
Tail Squadron and the trailer’s unique movie screen.
The story of the Tuskegee Airman of World War II is the inspiration for the exhibit. As shown in the recent feature film, Red Tails, segregation laws
prohibited African Americans from becoming pilots and ground crew members in the military. It wasn’t until President Franklin D. Roosevelt
ordered the Army Air Corps to set up a pilot training program in Tuskegee, Alabama that African Americans had the chance to fly and fight. The
exhibit takes the story of the airmen and how they overcame many roadblocks by setting goals and working to meet them directly to the students
who will benefit from hearing about the Airmen's experiences. The young men in the Tuskegee program persevered through all the obstacles
thrown at them during their journey to become military pilots and flew over 1,500 missions during the war.
Over 800 Hemlock students will be inspired by visiting the exhibit. Additionally the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit will be open and free to the
public from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm during its 4 day long Hemlock stay.
On Saturday May, 3 the free exhibit will move to the Harry Browne Airport at 4821 Janes Road for viewing by the general public. Hours will be from
8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang, Tuskegee Airmen will join the exhibit and be on display for
the day, weather permitting. This beautifully restored World War II fighter aircraft, is done up in colors including a red tail just like the ones the
Tuskegee airmen flew during the war.
The Saginaw Valley Air Museum will be planning other activities for Saturday including a public pancake and egg breakfast put on by Krzysiak’s
House Restaurant from 7:00 am to 12 noon at the airport.
The cost will be $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for Children 12 and under and free for children 5 and under.
For information on the exhibit at Hemlock call 989 642-5282
For information on exhibits and breakfast on Saturday May 3rd call 989 798-2614
For more information on the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit visit http://www.redtail.org/.