As part of the ongoing preparations for the new US Freedom Pavilion: Boeing Center, The National WWII Museum is in the process of restoring a P-51 Mustang that will be painted with the “Red Tails” markings of the 332nd Fighter Group, a unit of the now-celebrated Tuskegee Airmen.
Museum Trustees Jeffrey Carter and Todd Ricketts are leading the charge to raise the funds required to complete the restoration.
Carter recently posted this appeal on his blog:
George Lucas is releasing a film soon about the Tuskegee Airman. I cannot wait to see it. It’s a fabulous American story that is even more compelling because of the racism that the Tuskegee Airman had to overcome at home, and in the Army of their country. The National WWII Museum started undertaking a project over a year ago to celebrate the contribution of the Tuskegee Air Corps to World War Two. My fellow board member, Todd Ricketts, and I are heading up this project. That project needs your help.
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Donate now to support the restoration project.
The Museum partnered with New Orleans-based Jeep dealership Bergeron Auto and Operation Homefront Louisiana on a three-month promotion to benefit Louisiana’s current service members, wounded warriors and their families who reside in the state. First manufactured in 1945, the Jeep became an icon of WWII. Known for their dependability, Jeeps served our troops in every theater of the war and were used by each of the Allied countries in the fight for freedom and democracy.
On December 17, the final day of the promotion, Bergeron Auto presented a $15,000 donation check to the Museum as well as a check for $7,000 to Operation Homefront Louisiana.
We’d like to thank Bergeron Auto for the generous donation that will help us continue to tell the story of the brave men and women who fought for our country during WWII.
Learn more about how you can help a service member and their family by visiting www.operationhomefront.net.