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Red Tail Angels
The Story and Legacy
of the
Tuskegee Airmen

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II, the U.S. Air Force video production team produced a video series to highlight the Tuskegee Airmen and their impact on the war, and society as a whole.

“The Red Tail Angels” documentary series showcases the hardships, struggles and ultimately the successes of the Tuskegee Airmen.

“The Tuskegee Airmen represent a part of American history, which for far too many years languished in obscurity after WWII,” said Anthony Young, Air Force Television senior producer. “This documentary is an attempt to tell their story through the words of those who lived it, highlighting not only the obstacles they faced, but the perseverance they exhibited in overcoming it. Though they have been revered for their exploits during the war, I think their legacy is evident not only throughout the U.S. armed forces, but within society as a whole, given the many doors their success has led to the opening of.”

With a salute to the Tuskegee Airmen for their sacrifice and courage, and a thank you to the Air Force Television team for their great work telling the story of these brave men, AFPAAA is pleased to present the first two episodes of "Red Tail Angels" here. Check back soon for the release of the third, and concluding, episode.

Episode 1 ...

Episode 2 ...

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The October 23rd look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Air Force’s testing of lead Air Expeditionary Wings, an historic data sharing agreement between the DoD and Academia, online Airman Leadership School, and Energy Awareness Month.

The October 16th look "Around the Air Force" highlights NATO police operations in the Icelandic region, family suicide prevention training, and next generation ballistic helmets for security forces units as part of a modernization effort.

The October 9th look "Around the Air Force" highlights Lt. Gen. David W. Allvin, the next Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, the Air Force and Army sign an agreement for advanced warfare, and the B-1B Lancer Bomber gets a digital twin.

The October 2nd look "Around the Air Force" highlights new dress and appearance guidance, and changes to the tuition assistance monetary cap for the fiscal year.

The September 25th look Around the Air Force highlights Air Force Chief of Staff Charles C.Q. Brown Jr.’s selection to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, and Lt. General Richard Clark makes history as he takes command as the Air Force Academy Superintendent.

The September 18th look "Around the Air Force" highlights Air Force leaders speaking at the Air Force Association 2020 Virtual Air, Space and Cyber Conference.

The September 11th look "Around the Air Force" features a look at the second phase of testing for the Advanced Battle Management System, a contract award for development of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, and information on the government tax deferment plan.

The September 4th look "Around the Air Force" features a look at Chief of Staff of The Air Force General C.Q Brown’s strategic approach for Air Force success focused on acceleration of change in order to remain the most dominant and respected Air Force in the world.

New Air Force Song Lyrics

Final Changes to Air Force Song Announced

From: AF News Service
By: Charles Pope
Secretary of the Air Force
Office of Public Affairs
May 29, 2020

All stanzas of the Air Force song have been updated to better capture and represent the valor and heritage of the 73-year-old service while also recognizing the diversity and contributions of today’s Total Force regardless of gender.

The announcement by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, completes a two-step process in which male-only references were revised to capture the distinguished service, the high standards, and central role that women play in every facet of the modern United States Air Force.

The first step focused on changing the song’s third verse, which also serves as the official song of the United States Air Force Academy. Goldfein unveiled those new lyrics in March and suggested that additional changes to remove the remaining male-only references would be made at a later date and after further review.

The updated lyrics include subtle but important changes that more accurately illustrate the role women have played for decades.

“These new lyrics speak more accurately to all we do, all that we are and all that we strive to be as a profession of arms,” Goldfein said. “They add proper respect and recognition to everyone who serves and who has served.”

At the same time, Goldfein re-emphasized the careful consideration that went into the decision for whether, and how, to change the lyrics.

“I also know with absolute certainty and clarity that these changes are about adding to, not subtracting from, who we are,” he said. “Changing the lyrics in no way diminishes the history and accomplishments of men or dilutes our eternal gratitude for their sacrifice and bravery.”

The complete new lyrics are:

The U.S. Air Force Song

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At ‘em now, Give 'em the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Verse II

Brilliant minds fashioned a crate of thunder,
Sent it high into the blue;
Valiant hands blasted the world asunder;
How they lived God only knew!
Boundless souls dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings, ever to soar!
With scouts before and bombers galore. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Verse III

Here's a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of the brave who serve on high.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of those we boast, the U.S. Air Force!

Verse IV

Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true;
If you'd live to be a grey-haired wonder
Keep the nose out of the blue!
Fly to fight, guarding the nation's border,
We'll be there, followed by more!
In echelon we carry on.
Oh, nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Lyrics printed with permission from Carl Fischer, LLC.

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