Fantasy of Flight in Polk City will host a rare appearance by some of America’s first black fighter pilots as part of February’s Black History Month.
Several of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the segregated group of African American fighter pilots who proved to be some of the best aviators of World War II, will visit the aviation museum on Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. and Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.
The event titled “They Dared to Fly” will include a “living history talkback session” and meet-and-greet opportunities with three Airmen, George E. Hardy, Daniel Keel and Charles E. McGee.
Fantasy of Flight is home to a permanent Tuskegee Airmen exhibit, which features a P-51C Mustang “Red Tail,” the plane flown by the Tuskegee Airmen.
“They Dared to Fly,” is included with regular admission, which runs $29.95 for adults and $15.95 for children, ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free.
The museum is also sponsoring a “They Dared to Fly” essay contest for students in grades 6 to 12. More details are available at fantasyofflight.com.