Tuskeegee Airmen Visit the White House, Fantasy of Flight

They’ve been guests at the White House for a screening of the film “Red Tails“, now four Tuskegee airmen are headed to Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida.

For a limited three-day event, four of the Tuskegee Airmen will share their stories about serving during WWII when the military was segregated with visitors to the Fantasy of Flight aviation museum in Central Florida. There are only about 50 of the original 1,000 pilots and 200 of the original 15,000 ground crew that made up the Tuskegee Airmen still living.

Original Tuskegee Airmen honored previously at Fantasy of Flight (l to r): Lt. Col. Hiram Mann, Lt. Col. Leo Gray, Lt. Col. Lee Archer and Dr. Roscoe Brown

“The Dared to Fly” program – featuring the Tuskegee Airmen –  is scheduled Thursday, Friday and Saturday, (Feb. 9-11, 2012). Each day there will be two open forums, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., which include a question and answer session. Afterward, there will be a meet-and-greet and autograph signings. The forums are open to those who pay admission to the Fantasy of Flight and annual pass holders. Scheduled to appear at Fantasy of Flight are:

  • Leo Gray, 91, of Ft. Lauderdale who served as a consultant on the recently released Lucas film, “Red Tails
  • Daniel Keel, 89, of Leesburg
  • George Hardy, 88, of Sarasota

Fantasy of Flight also is holding an essay contest with cash prizes for students writing about how the Tuskegee airmen inspire their generation.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host Tuskegee Airmen at a showing of the movie "Red Tails" at the White House, Jan. 13, 2012. Cicero Satterfield is in the second row, far right. White House photo.

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