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Tuskegee Airmen: Red Tail Event at Air Museum

10 am Thursday on Focus: We'll talk about Chanute Air Force Base's ties to the Tuskegee Airmen and an air show this weekend by the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron.


Brad Lang serves as a member of the Commemorative Air Force’s Red Tail Squadron and volunteers his time flying a restored Mustang fighter plane around the country. That plane, which was flown by the Tuskegee airmen in WWII, will be in Rantoul at the Chanute Air Museum this weekend. Lang’s dad, Donald, enlisted in the Air Force in 1945 and served with the Tuskegee Airmen.

We’ll talk with Brad about the history of the Tuskegee airmen and about the group’s connections to east central Illinois. He’ll tell us more about his dad, Donald, and how he talked about being a part of the Tuskegee legacy.

Doug Rozendaal also joins us during this hour on Focus. He’s been involved with the CAF Red Tail Squadron since its inception, and has overseen two restorations of the Mustang plane. Tragically, the second restoration was inspired by the Tuskegee airmen’s story in more ways than one. We’ll talk with both pilots about flying a vintage plane and about why they volunteer so much of their time to keep the memory and story of the Tuskegee airmen alive.