Orlando Center Unveils Tuskegee Airmen Monument

Nov 11, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Science Center held a Veteran's Day event to unveil a new monument to the Tuskegee Airmen.

A worker helps set the nation's first monument dedicated to the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen at the Orlando Science Center.
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The monument was revealed during a ceremony Monday. Several surviving members from the first group of African-American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces will be on hand. 

Known for the signature red-tailed P-51 Mustang planes they flew during World War II, the airmen will be honored with a 12-foot spire that features an inspirational message.

There were more than 900 pilots trained at Tuskegee, Ala., of whom 356 airmen were considered an elite group of fighter pilots that were sent to various bases in Europe

In honor of the airmen, the center will also hold a screening of "Red Tails," the 2012 film which portrayed them.

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