NEW CONCEPT UNDER DEVELOPMENT FOR 2019
We are raising money to design and build a new car from the existing 2015 Mustang
Return of the Red Tails (RRT) is a privately owned non-profit organization with it’s focus upon preserving the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen. Many community enrichment programs developed to educate the public have been presented by Michael since 1997. Red Tails Racing, a subset of RRT, has a focus on preserving the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen through motorsport.High performance cars with red rear spoilers are the signature feature of Red Tails Racing vehicles. Michael believes that when people see a car with a red spoiler they will recall the sterling example of pursuing excellence and be inspired to accept racial differences as white bomber pilots and crews once did.
The Faithful Pursuit is based upon a large American sedan. The 1969 Buick Electra 225 Custom Sport Coupe was among the most powerful and luxurious American grand touring cars. Able to cruise at 120mph all day, go from 0-60 in 7 seconds, cover the 1/4 mile at 15.35 seconds at 90mph, and achieve 20mpg at 55mph the Electra was ahead of its time. At 4,200lbs it was only 200-300 heavier than its muscle car cousin the Buick GSX and 200-900lbs lighter than its big car brethren like Cadillacs and Lincoln.
Electra GSX Rev 1: 500 Horsepower 455 STAGE-1: High compression, 11:1, forged pistons, balanced, blueprinted, and dynomomerter tested. 4 speed automatic converted to manual, GT Performance Ford racing 9" rear differential, Machuga racing suspension.
Electra GSX Rev 2: Horsepower CLASSIFIED: 430 STAGE-2: Forged pistons, billet rods, nodular iron crank, balanced, blueprinted, and dynomomerter tested. 4 speed automatic converted to manual, GT Performance Ford racing 9" rear differential, Machuga racing suspension.
Michael Joseph with TAI Chapter President Lt. Col. Clayton F. Lawrence in Brooklyn in 2003
The Tuskegee Airmen formed a public service organization, TAI, in 1972. The World War II heroes had been largely denied a place in American history to an extent that their children's tales of their exploits were met with disbelief, teachers saying "It not in any book I've ever read, it never happened." Michael Joseph was sworn into TAI by his cousin NYS Judge George Fleary in 1987, joining the effort to bring to light the accomplishments of the forgotten heroes. He participated in Captain Claude B. Govan Chapter events then in 1988 moved to Atlanta where he joined the Atlanta Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated. Michael returned to NY State in 1995 and began planning Tuskegee Airmen chapter visits, the first being in 1997. Subsequent visits occurred and Michael, local volunteers, and the TAI chapters partnered to make memorable experiences for community residents in Corning, Elmira, Tioga, and surrounding areas.
An engineer with over 8 US several & international patents, Michael developed a Tuskegee Airmen tribute car, dubbed Faithful Pursuit, #47. Michael, his team, and Faithful Pursuit have taken to the road and shared the Tuskegee Airmen's message with thousands of people across the United States. The concept of a Tribute car for the black pilots and crews was born in 1979 when Michael learned of their existence. The drawing of the concept was begin in 1981 and completed in 1982. The build began in 1993 and was approved by the Claude B. Govan Chapter of TAI, see photo above, in 2003. The car was dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen who attended the ceremony in force, 7, at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center on 24 April 2004.
Museum Executive Director Michael Hall, MGen USAF, Retired, performed the dedication. Michael served as event chairman coordinating the dozens of volunteers for the event which hosted over 200 guests and raised over $5,000.
2004 Return of the Tuskegee Airmen Event newspaper article