Tuskegee airmen, Martin Luther King Jr. to have inaugural parade floats

An almost full-size replica of the red-tailed fighter plane flown by the famed Tuskegee Airmen in World War II will be part of a float in President Obama’s inaugural parade, the presidential inaugural committee announced Monday.

The Tuskegee Airmen float was one of several that the committee said will join the Jan. 21 parade.

The airmen, the first African American military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces, flew sleek P-51 Mustangs, whose tails were painted red.

A float will also honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with an image of the civil rights leader, and another will salute the civil rights movements of women, immigrants and other groups.

Additional floats will represent Hawaii, Pennsylvania (with a copy of the Liberty Bell) and Illinois — the states that are, respectively, the birthplaces of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama — as well as Delaware, the home state of Biden and his wife.

Mike is a general assignment reporter who also covers Washington institutions and historical topics.
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