Red Tail plane exhibit at Key Field

Published: Apr. 14, 2017 at 12:54 PM CDT
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Residents of Meridian will be able to gain a first hand look at a piece of history.

“You can’t tell the story any better than having this aircraft which represents the aircraft that they flew back in that time,” explained Terry Hollis, Tour manager for the CAF (Commemorative Air Force) Red Tail Squadron.

The Commemorative Air Force is helping tell the story of the Red Tail Squadron and the life and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

“Being able to see it and touch it which is more that you are going to get at a lot of museums,” said Hollis. “Usually they are roped off and you cannot touch them, where we actually encourage people that they can touch it.”

There are only four 1942 Mustang C model planes still flying today. This weekend people of Meridian will have a chance to lean about the history of the plane.

“This plane actually started its life as a trainer plane and once it went through its useful service life, it actually wound up as a yard ornament for about 50 something years,” said Hollis.

The Wechsler Foundation brought this exhibit to the Queen City as one of their events to raise awareness to Wechsler School.

“It was built in 1894 as the first brick school building for African-American students built with public money and we don’t want to see that building succumb to the wrecking ball,” said Edward Lynch, President of the Wechsler Foundation.

Renovation efforts are underway, trying to bring life back into the iconic and historic building.

“ACT and SAT prep, computer labs, along with doing some things with etiquette,” explained Lynch. “Not to reinvent the wheel in any kind of way but support the educational opportunities and efforts that we have here in this community,”

By leaning about the past it can help people rise above for the future.

“They get a chance to help the effort of Wechsler and enjoy a tremendous part of history,” said Lynch.

The exhibit will be at Key Field in Meridian from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 15th. Tickets will be $5 per person and children 6 and under are free. Proceeds raised will help with efforts to restore Wechsler School.