Carnival Corporation to Present Moving Tribute to Tuskegee Airmen in Miami
Carnival Corporation & plc today announced it will present an inspirational tribute to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen in Miami Oct. 11-15. The invitation-only exhibit will host about 1,200 middle and high school students from Miami-Dade County public schools, along with other invited student groups.
Called “Rise Above,” the Red Tail Squadron’s traveling exhibit will include aerial demonstration flights of a fully restored World War II-era P-51C Mustang with the unique red tail paint scheme that was a hallmark of the Tuskegee Airmen, as well as a screening of the film “Rise Above” in a mobile panoramic theater.
The visit will also feature Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Harold Brown, an original Tuskegee Airman and American hero, who will share his unique experiences as a fighter pilot, German POW and 23-year Air Force veteran, as well as details from his service in the famous Strategic Air Command during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the U.S. military’s first African-American pilots, navigators, bombardiers and support personnel, known for their extraordinary skill and courage during the air war of World War II. The success and dedication of the Tuskegee Airmen in the Civilian Pilot Training Program and U.S. Army Air Corps (predessessor to the Air Force) played a leading role in the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces in 1948.
“Rise Above” uses the history, valor and achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen to motivate middle and high school-age children to consider careers in aviation, cybersecurity, robotics, drones, STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) and more. In addition, the program stresses entrepreneurship, the arts and other self-development interests such as music, theater and dance.
The invitation-only exhibit at the Miami-Opa Locka Airport is being organized by the South Florida Aerospace Scholarship Corporation (SFASC), which over its 25-year history has provided financial aid to more than 500 South Florida Air Force ROTC cadets.
The “Rise Above” exhibit will also be supported by Signature Flight Support, a fixed base operator (FBO) at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF), which will provide its aviation facilities and services. Signature Flight Support is the world’s largest FBO offering facilities and services to owners of large privately-owned and corporate aircraft.
Carnival Corporation’s commitment to community engagement, diversity and inclusion has long been a priority and has continued to expand under the leadership of Arnold Donald, who has served as CEO since July 2013. A strong believer that diversity of thinking drives innovation, Donald supports community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and has appointed numerous diverse and dynamic leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds into key leadership roles.
“Carnival Corporation is proud to welcome the Tuskegee Airmen and Red Tail Squadron to South Florida,” said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation, whose brands include namesake Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.
“The important objective of this initiative is to introduce America’s youth to the Tuskegee Airmen. As students learn about the courage, dedication and sacrifices the Tuskegee Airmen made for America, despite challenging circumstances, we hope that students and other visitors will be touched by the story and find it a source of inspiration for their own lives.”
“Visits by the Red Tail Squadron’s ‘Rise Above’ traveling show to American cities are rare, especially when both the mobile theatre and the P-51C aerial demonstration are included,” said Stan Bodner, Retired Air Force Colonel and event organizer. “Our show in Miami will feature Red Tail Squadron’s flight-worthy P-51C Mustang’s aerial demonstration and the ‘Rise Above’ traveling exhibit. The mobile 35-seat theatre is air conditioned, and has a panoramic, 160-degree screen. It is the perfect venue to project the authentic and inspiring ‘Rise Above’ movie.”
Added Colonel Bodner: “We are fortunate to have the support of Carnival Corporation as host and sponsor. This will provide a special opportunity to positively impact and inspire the lives and future careers of young boys and girls from South Florida schools attending this exciting exhibit.”
To learn more about the the Red Tail Squadron’s “Rise Above” outreach program, visit its website at https://www.redtail.org.