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The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron's Rise Above Traveling Exhibit -- remembering and honoring the Tuskegee Airmen of Word War II -- will be on display in Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach April 3-7.
The Daytona Beach Leisure Services Department the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest are sponsoring the exhibit.
The exhibit is housed in a customized 53-foot trailer with expandable sides that features a 160-degree curved movie screen and seating for 30 in climate-controlled comfort. It's part of an educational initiative to help people -- particularly young people -- understand and appreciate the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
A 14-minute original movie, "Rise Above," focuses on what the African-American pilots and support personnel who trained in Tuskegee, Ala., had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country during World War II. It also features some fantastic flying footage of the P-51 Mustang that is enhanced by the long curved screen. Admission to the movie and the Traveling Exhibit is free.
The exhibit will be at Campbell Middle School in Daytona Beach from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4, before moving to the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest April 5-7 at the New Smyrna Beach Airport, where it will be joined by a fully-restored Red Tail P-51 Mustang fighter plane that will be on display and also fly in the afternoon air shows.
Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. in Daytona Beach and Vitas Hospice also are helping sponsor the exhibit.