FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Mark Schaub, 407.514.2027 (office), 407.900.6275 (mobile), email@example.com
Orlando Science Center, Orlando Mayor Buddy
Dyer, City Commissioner Robert Stuart, Vision of Flight and 12 Red Tail
Pilots Unveil A First-of-its-Kind National Monument for Veterans
Today, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013 at 10 a.m., Orlando Science Center
with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioner Robert Stuart, Red Tail
pilots, Vision of Flight and other guests will dedicate the first
monument in the nation to honor the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee
The iconic monument is located outside the east entrance
to the Science Center and welcomes visitors with its 12-foot spire and
The ceremony will also include a flyover by a P-51
Mustang — the same type of plane flown by Red Tail pilots during World
War II — courtesy of Kermit Weeks, founder of Polk City-based Fantasy of
The general public is invited to attend but seating is
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 3 City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart,
Orlando Science Center President and CEO JoAnn Newman, Vision of Flight
President Mike McKenzie, and 12 Red Tail pilots will attend.
The monument is made by possible by Syd Levy of United Trophy
TODAY | Veterans Day | Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Orlando Science Center | 777 E. Princeton St. | Orlando, FL 32803
East entrance facing Loch Haven Park
The monument welcomes guests into the Science Center and engages them in
the exploration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and
mathematics) concepts and careers, including aviation science.
While there are several monuments dedicated to the
Tuskegee Airman, the statue at Orlando Science Center is the first in
the nation to specifically honor the Red Tail pilots.
RED TAIL PILOTS:
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military
aviators in the U.S. armed forces. There were 932 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. Flying escort
for heavy bombers, the pilots earned an impressive combat record.
The Allies called these talented airmen "Red Tails" or "Red-Tail Angels"
because of the distinctive crimson paint predominantly applied on the
tail section of the unit's aircraft.
Today, there are fewer than 50 surviving Red Tail pilots.
PARKING AND COST:
Guests can park in the Orlando Science Center parking garage located
directly across Princeton St. at no charge.
Media can park in the Orlando Repertory Theatre parking lot adjacent to
the Science Center.
There is no cost to attend the dedication ceremony.
INFO & PHOTOS:
For more information, call 407.514.2000 or visit
Download photos of the monument groundbreaking from May 2013 and other
Red Tail pilot-related photos at the following Dropbox link: