Reigniting the heroic legacy of young African-American pilots (Tuskegee Airman), the Red Tail Cadet Program (RTCP) seeks to enhance and transform the lives of at-risk youth through aviation education and career path opportunities, so that they may more positively impact their community. The RTCP offers a unique, premier aviation youth outreach program that enables youth to obtain pilot's licenses and start an aviation career path.
The Red Tail Cadet Program is a six-week, residential, immersive flight-training experience, designed to introduce students to the aviation industry and to develop their skills through classroom instruction, flight simulator training, in-aircraft flight training, financial literacy seminars, leadership training, and life-skills development, with the ultimate goal of setting them on the path towards a career in aviation.
Selected from a pool of applicants from the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the cadets are chosen based on their academic excellence, community involvement, and their aptitude for success in a rigorous aviation program.
We were honored to have Erin Heffernan and the St. Louis Post Dispatch tell the story of the Red Tails to the Greater St Louis area. Read the full article HERE.
Meet Cadet Captain Derreck Beal, graduate of the Red Tails Class #1.
Meet Cadet Grace Ford from Red Tail Class #2.
Meet Cadet Jalen Reynolds from Red Tails Class #2.
Meet Cadet Micah Riggs from Red Tails Class #2.
Meet Cadet Anyah Brown from Red Tails Class #2.
Meet Cadet Tyrese Walker from Red Tails Class #2.
Learn how this transformative program came to life.
Thank you to St Louis County for highlighting the inaugural Red Tail Cadet class!
Thank you to the KMOV News 4 Team for the great feature on the founding of the Red Tail Cadet Program and its inaugural class.
Consider partnering with Red Tails to help build the next generation of civil and military aviators and support minority, at-risk youth.
There are two ways to participate: