Luke Elementary School hosted members of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots, and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit for students, staff, news outlets, and representatives from Luke Air Force Base on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The purpose of the event was to educate and inspire people of all ages with the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.
These war heroes broke down barriers with their courage and determination to serve the United States during World War II, and their ability to triumph over adversity remains a compelling and inspirational example.
The Tuskegee Airmen shared their experiences of courage and strength over adversity with the school and community members. Tuskegee Airman, Colonel Charles McGee (Ret.), lead students through the exhibit and highlighted key leadership concepts to students who are preparing for their future through the “Leader in Me” program. The Leader in Me is a whole school transformation process that teaches 21st Century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a fully functional mobile movie theater that tours the country nine months out of the year. Because of its dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, the traveling exhibit creates the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in a P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibit features the original film “Rise Above” created by Emmy award-winning filmmaker and aviation cinema specialist Adam White of Hemlock Films. The film highlights the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen and features spectacular footage of the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen, taking viewers on a trip through time, then through the air.