To create the Red Tail National Flight Academy in Tuskegee as a Headquarters, serving a nation-wide network of top-notch pilot and aviation maintenance training centers to address both gaps in diversity and the shortage of pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians throughout the commercial and military aviation industries.
The mission of the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation (RTSF) is to seek, identify, and develop qualified, motivated students who demonstrate the values the original Tuskegee Airmen embodied, and provide them the tools necessary to succeed in the aviation career field. RTSF provides financial assistance to African American, underrepresented, and disadvantaged students to learn to fly and maintain airplanes at the Red Tail Flight Academy (RTFA).
From the history of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen, the state of Alabama has a distinct past in the story of aviation. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. It was not until the establishment of a program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft that minority pilots took flight. This select group of Tuskegee Airmen became known as the “Red Tails,” and were the first African Americans trained by the military to engage in combat operations.
These brave pilots possessed unwavering courage, professionalism, and patriotism which has defined much of our aviation history. Our goal is to find qualified, motivated students who demonstrate all of the values that the original Tuskegee Airmen embodied and give them the tools necessary to succeed in this competitive career field.