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Flight of the Red Tail

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Directed by Adam N. White
Produced by Hemlock Films
Narrated by James Kisicki
Music by Keith Philip Nickoson
Editing by Adam N. White
Studio Hemlock Films
Release date(s) November 27, 2009 (2009-11-27) (DVD)
Running time 12 min
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Red Tail Reborn (2007)

Flight of the Red Tail is a 2009 historical documentary film by Adam White about the Red Tail Project's successful return to flight of a World War II P-51 Mustang that had become inoperable during a 2004 crash after having been restored for exhibition flying once before in 2001. The plane had been originally flown by the United States Air Force 332d Fighter Group as a bomber escort for the Allied Forces in the European Theatre of World War II and serves as a traveling and flying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. The film is a sequel to Red Tail Reborn which brought attention to the attempt to relaunch of the plane after the 2004 crash.



A single nosed-propeller plane is in mid flight above land. The red nose faces right and the underside of the plane is slightly in view. The plane has black propellers, grey base paint, and black letters reading A42. The 4 and 2 are separated by a United States roundel in black with a central white star. The roundel is also visible on the tops of the planes wings. The full length of the right side of the plane is visible.
The restored World War II P-51 Mustang flown by Red Tail Project as described in the film (2009-08-05)

The film was released in DVD format on November 27, 2009.[1][2] The film, which was produced in NTSC Dolby 5.1 format, had a running time of 12 minutes.[3] It is contained on a single disc.[4] This film chronicles the reconstruction by picking up where Red Tail Reborn left off in 2007.[5] It is described as a companion piece to its predecessor, but White says it is only part of a continuing story.[6]

The five-year restoration occurred at Tri-State Aviation in Wahpeton, North Dakota from 2004 to 2009.[7] In 2007 Gerry Beck, one of the primary restorers was in an aviation collision of a P-51A and a P-51D during AirVenture 2007. Nonetheless, the rebuilding continued with the mounting of the engine in 2008 and the mating of the wing in 2009. On July 22, 2009,[8] four days before AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin the plane had its first flight. Then, it was flown to Wisconsin for its public debut. After the show it returned to Minnesota with a 6 AT-6 escort.[9][10]


  • Red Tail: Rising Above Adversity To Fly Again. Commemorative Air Force.  


  1. ^ "Wright State grad to speak at Dec. 17 aviation dinner". Springfield News-Sun. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  2. ^ "Local headlines". Dayton Daily News. 2009-10-29. p. A11. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  3. ^ "Flight of the Red Tail". Hemlock Films. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  4. ^ "Flight of the Red Tail". Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  5. ^ "Plot Summary for Flight of the Red Tail". Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  6. ^ Wood, Janice (2009-11-29). "‘Flight of the Red Tail’ released to DVD". General Aviation News. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  7. ^ Walsh, Paul (2009-08-05). "Plane used to tell the story of Tuskegee Airmen is back". Star Tribune. p. 3B. Retrieved 2009-12-26.  
  8. ^ "Page 2 Read". The Odessa American. 2009-07-29. p. A2. Retrieved 2009-12-26.  
  9. ^ CAF, p. unnumbered
  10. ^ Ferraro, Nick (2009-08-06). "History Soars Again - A Rebuilt WWII Airplane Carries The Memory Of Pilot Donald Hinz And The Story Of The Tuskegee Airmen.". St. Paul Pioneer Press. p. B1. Retrieved 2009-12-26.  

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