AMA member Brad Lang in the
CAF Red Tail Squadron P-51C.
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AMA member Brad Lang in
Arsenal of Democracy event
The largest number of World
War II aircraft ever to assemble
since the war ended took to
the air on Friday, May 8, 2015,
in the Arsenal of Democracy
Victory Capital Flyover.
Nearly 70 airplanes including
bombers, fighters, trainers,
and reconnaissance aircraft from aircraft museums across the
country flew over our nation’s capital to commemorate the 70th
anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. The warbirds were
organized in 15 historically sequenced formations representing
the war’s major battles from Pearl Harbor to the final air assault
on Japan. Piloting the P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen was
AMA member and Delta Airlines Captain Brad Lang.
The Arsenal of Democracy warbirds are based at the Culpeper
Regional Airport and Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia. The
warbirds began their flight near Leesburg, Virginia, following the
Potomac River to Washington, D.C.
Flying in formation with Brad’s Tuskegee Airmen P-51C were
two P-51D Mustangs—Red Nose and Gunfighter. The aircraft
escorted the B- 24 Liberator Diamond Lil to commemorate the
Ploesti Raid, officially known as Operation Tidal. The Ploesti Raid
targeted the Romanian oil refinery complexes near the town
of Ploesti, which was a major center for the production of Axis
petroleum products used in the war.
Brad has flown the Tuskegee Airmen P-51C Mustang in air
shows and events since 2009, accumulating more than 160 hours
in the Mustang. He demonstrates the Mustang’s flight capabilities
at approximately 10 air shows a year. The P-51C belongs to the
Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron. It’s painted
in the distinctive colors representing the four Tuskegee fighter
squadrons, including the bright red tail of the Mustangs flown by
the first all-African-American fighter pilots of the 332nd Fighter
Group known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
The name was adopted from the city of Tuskegee, Alabama,
where the training base was located. The name Tuskegee Airmen
includes every man and woman, military or civilian, who served at
any of the bases where the airmen trained or flew between 1941
and 1949. “The Tuskegee Airmen Mustang is a flying educational
tool to create interest in the history and legacy of the first black
military pilots who flew this type of airplane during World War
II,” said Brad.
Brad’s connection to the Tuskegee Airmen runs much deeper
than flying the namesake Mustang. Brad’s father, Donald W.
Lang Sr., was a Tuskegee Airman who trained at the Tuskegee
Army Airbase after enlisting in September of 1942. He remained
at Tuskegee for his entire military career, leaving the Army in
February 1946 with the rank of Sergeant Major.
Brad said, “I’m honored to be part of the Arsenal of Democracy
flyover to pay tribute to the men and women of World War II.”
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Pilot receives medal
A longtime Control Line (CL) Speed competitor and AMA
member has been named as the first American recipient of a
prestigious medal awarded by the Fédération Aéronautique
Carl Dodge, Richmond Heights, Ohio, has
been selected as the 2015 recipient of the
Andrei Tupolev Aeromodelling Medal. Carl is
also the first AMA member recognized with
The Andrei Tupolev Aeromodelling Medal
may be awarded on recommendation by
the FAI Aeromodelling Commission to
any aeromodeler who in the same year has
won the world and national aeromodeling
championships in the same class of models.
In July 2014, Carl won the F2A CL Speed
Nats, held in Muncie, Indiana, then went
on to win the 2014 FAI World Championship for Control Line
Model Aircraft, held in Wloclawek, Poland, in August.
“I feel privileged and humbled to be listed among the great past
recipients,” Carl stated shortly after learning of the honor. He was
named as the recipient of the medal during the FAI Commission
Internationale d’Aéromodelisme (CIAM) Plenary Meeting, held
April 24, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Carl attended his first Nats in 1956, and has competed several
times in the FAI World Championships for Control Line Model
Aircraft. He said in May that he has yet to receive the medal, but
he expects to during the opening ceremony of the annual FAI
General Conference, if he attends. The conference is scheduled to
take place in September 2015, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The FAI is the international body for all air sport international
championships, competitions, and record-keeping. The Andrei
Tupolev Aeromodelling Medal, established in 1989, is donated
annually by the National Airsport Control (NAC) of Russia.
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