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UCA Brings Rise Above Traveling Exhibit to Campus

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CONWAY−The University of Central Arkansas will host the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron Rise Above Traveling Exhibit on the campus from Oct. 3-7. Admission is free.

The Rise Above Traveling Exhibit is a mobile movie theater that tours the country to educate and inspire people of all ages with the history and lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. These heroes served in World War II, breaking broke down barriers with their courage and determination.

The exhibit will be located on the parking lot across from Crafton Alumni Pavilion on Bruce Street. It will be open to the general public from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 3-5 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6-7.

School districts, youth programs, and other student groups can tour the facility from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3-5. Groups can schedule time slots to tour the facility by emailing diversity@uca.edu.

Each student visiting as a part of a school or outreach program will receive a free Rise Above dog tag.

RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit - photo courtesy of Ken Mist Aviation Photography
RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit – photo courtesy of Ken Mist Aviation Photography

The exhibit features the original film “Rise Above” created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and aviation cinema specialist Adam White of Hemlock Films. This film highlights the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen and features footage of the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang, taking viewers on a trip through time, then through the air.

Because of its 160-degree panoramic screen, “Rise Above” creates the feeling of being in the cockpit in a P-51C Mustang. Housed in a climate controlled 53-foot semitrailer with expandable sides, the exhibit is equipped with a ramp and hydraulic lift to ensure access to all, comfortably accommodating 30 visitors for each show.

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