When Navy takes on archrival Air Force for the 53rd time Saturday, a certain segment of D.C.-area football fans may have a vested interest, and not just those from the Annapolis area.

As part of its annual Air Power Legacy Series, the Falcons will wear Red Tails uniforms honoring the Tuskegee Airmen when they face the Midshipmen in Colorado Springs. The uniforms feature gray jerseys and pants, black numbers, and red and gray helmets with decals of one of the four squadron patches that make up the 332nd squadron. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American P-51 fighter pilots who broke the color barrier for military pilots during World War II and were aptly nicknamed “Red Tails” because of the red paint applied to the tails of their planes.

With the Washington Football Team’s decision to abandon its former nickname over the summer, Red Tails was among several popular choices by those suggesting a rebrand for the NFL franchise.

In 2013, a Red Tails design finished in second place out of almost 2,000 submissions in a national contest seeking rebrand ideas in case Washington ever changed its name.

Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI), the nonprofit dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of those who contributed to the Tuskegee Airmen experience, said in July that it would support Washington rebranding its name to Red Tails.

“If the Washington D.C. NFL franchise chooses to rename themselves as the Washington Red Tails, it would honor the Tuskegee Airmen legacy and be symbolic for all of America,“ TAI said in a statement to Deadspin. “Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated would be honored and pleased to work with the organization during and after the process should this name be adopted.”

Gen. Leon Johnson, TAI’s national president, told The Post at the time that the team and the group were not in communication about the name.

“We don’t want to get in the middle of the decision being made by the franchise,” Johnson said, “but if they choose Red Tails and want to honor the Tuskegee Airmen, we want to make sure that it’s done in the right manner.”

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