A 'red tail' in living color

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2012 - 2:36 PM

A 'RED TAIL' IN LIVING COLOR

The Tuskegee Airmen used several aircraft types before getting one that became inextricably associated with them: In July 1944, they began flying the North American P-51 Mustang.

The airmen's planes, with their distinctive red tails (thus the title of the movie opening Friday), became widely known. A P-51C model like those flown by the Tuskegee Airmen is on display in South St. Paul. The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing's museum at Fleming Field also has five more old aircraft, several vehicles and a host of World War II displays and memorabilia.

The museum, at 310 Airport Road in South St. Paul, is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and this Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For info, call 651-455-6942.

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