Orlando Science Center to Salute Red Tail Pilots with Monument on November 11, 2013

Orlando Science Center will erect the first monument in the nation to honor the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013 at 10am.

Orlando Science Center, Red Tail pilotsThe event will be attended by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 3 City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart, representatives from Vision of Flight and Orlando Science Center, as well as 12 surviving Red Tail pilots and their families, and additional elected officials and community leaders.

There will also be 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 Flight.

The ceremony will take place outside the OSC, at the east entrance facing Loch Haven Park. The general public is invited to attend for free, but seating is limited.

In addition to the ceremony, OSC will show the 2012 film “Red Tails,” a fictionalized portrayal of the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen, Friday, Nov. 8 – Monday, Nov. 11 in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience.

Lockheed Martin will also be on-site with a flight simulator to enable visitors to experience what flying a P-51 Mustang would be like.

Indoor activities will require admission to Orlando Science Center which is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3 – 11).

For more information, call 407.514.2000 or visit osc.org/redtails.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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