Faithful Pursuit Project

2011 TAI - President Report to Members 5-16-2011

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2011 TAI – President Report to Members 5-16-2011


P-51 Project honors Tuskegee Airmen

The CAF Red Tail Project was started in the 1990s by a group of volunteer members of the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. As they were getting ready to restore a WWII-vintage P-51C Mustang fighter, Don Hinz,  a pilot and entrepreneur, presented a unique idea. Instead of just restoring another old U.S. Army Air Corps airplane to fly at air shows, why not have this Mustang be an educational tool? It could be used to create interest in the history and legacy of the first black military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, who flew this type of airplane during World War II. Their story is rarely mentioned in schools even though they had a unique role in 20th century American history.



The theme of the Faithful Pursuit project was to emulate the Turbo-Supercharged P-47 Thunderbolt fighter of World War II, whose washing machine sized turbo was behind the pilot. The name chosen for the car, “Faithful Pursuit” highlights the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and their faithful pursuit of excellence The benefits of rear mounted engine are as follows: Less underhood heat means greater thermal efficiency. Better weight distribution, ours i 50/50. Better weight transfer for acceleration. Ours is under 4 sec 0-60. And you cannot beat the “Wow!” factor.