1969 Buick Electra GSX "FAITHFUL PURSUIT", TAI NY Chapter: This is the first Tuskegee Airmen tribute show car known. Designed as such in 1979 it was built to represent the Tuskegee Airmen's massive P-47, the first actual Red Tail escort fighter. The design lay dormant for many years until construction began in 1993. In 2003 the design was shown to the Tuskegee Airmen who approved of its use to represent their NY/NJ/CT Chapter. It was dedicated on April 24, 2004 by Major General Mike Hall, USAF, retired; with 7 original Tuskegee Airmen, chapter members, and 200 guests present.
Lt. Col. Spann Watson, Original, 99th Pursuit Squadron; 2008. Faithful Pursuit is adorned with the large bold 99th Pursuit Squadron shield, and smaller crests of Strategic Air Command, US Army Air Corps, & Tactical Air Command.
Faithful Pursuit and Col. Harry Stewart's 1949 Gunnery Meet anniversary trophy. Michael Joseph, II; Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.; Nevada, 2009. I had served as the chairman of the event honoring the winners of the first USAF Fighter Gunnery Meet; held in Las Vegas in August 2009. Col. Stewart was not able to attend due to his wife's poor health so I delivered his trophy to him personally to his home in Michigan a few days after this photo was taken.
FP #47 and Michael Drag Racing at Empire Dragway in Mt. Morris, NY. The 2006 revision featured a 4.11 to 1 positive traction gear ratio, 30"x12" slicks and the torquey Buick 455 STAGE-1 power-plant bored out to 462 cubic inches and delivering 500HP. A best of 12.99 seconds at 103mph trap speeds was achieved with this configuration. Future targets of beating the Scotty Guadagno '70 Buick Electra record of 11.7seconds at 117 mph were in my sights but more than 700hp would be needed. The new revision of FP will be ready in 2016 to tackle the challenge!
2005 Faithful Pursuit on display at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Retired Corning division president Jim Kaeser was given a tour of the vehicle during a "CMOG" gala.
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