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P-51C Mustang Red Tail memorial of Tuskegee Airmen to be highlight of dinner

A program on the restoration of a P-51C Mustang Red Tail will be the highlight of the14th Annual Salute to Valor dinner hosted by the Jayhawk Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.

A banquet and silent auction will be held March 12 at the Hilton Wichita Airport hotel.

Pilot Doug Rozendaal will present the program. The plane is a memorial to the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American World War II fighter pilots and is painted to replicate the aircraft they flew.

The plane has been restored twice. The first ended during a Memorial Day weekend crash in 2004, which killed the pilot, the project leader of the original restoration. The plane was restored a second time and returned to flight in 2009.

The Red Tail Project also includes an educational program focusing on six ideals of the Tuskegee Airmen: “aim high, believe in yourself, use your brain, be ready to go, never quit and expect to win.”

Tickets to the event are $50 per person. For information, call 943-2455 or go to