Detroit Redtail Inc

Rolling The Tuskegee Airmen Into the American Car Culture

Auburn Hills, MI   |  https://www.detroitredtail.org/

Mission

The MISSION of Detroit Redtail, Inc is to take the story of the famed Tuskegee Airmen to venues and events of which has not traditionally heard the story and introduce it to all of those that normally attend those venues and events. Detroit RedTail’s motto is “Rolling the Tuskegee Airmen Into the American Car Culture.” Considering that, Detroit RedTail, Inc uses a P-51 “Red Tail” custom wrapped Ford Mustang and participates in car shows, cruises and parades. Detroit RedTails outreach is mostly within 200-250 miles from the city of Detroit, Michigan. But, it also participates in national outreach.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Captain Eric Lynn Palmer

Main address

3906 Baldwin Road Box 210103

Auburn Hills, MI 48321 USA

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EIN

82-3243993

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The history and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen is well known amongst people who study African American and military history. It can be learned through documentaries, movies and books as well as through encounters with actual Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTAs) or people knowledgeable of their history at numerous places to include air shows. But, rarely has an encounter happened at a car show. Rarely has one had an opportunity to enjoy a custom car, while learning American history. Detroit RedTail, Inc utilizes a mobile museum, a Ford mustang custom wrapped to emulate a P-51 Mustang, to educate people involved in the “American Car Culture” on, not only the history of the nations only segregated Army Air Corp, but to the history of both, male and female, African Americans in Aviation since 1917 and the evolvement of women in the Tuskegee Airmen “experience.” Detroit RedTail, Inc is working to address the lack of knowledge of these parts of American history.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tuskegee Airmen Outreach

Detroit RedTail participates in:
- Indoor & Outdoor car shows
- Car Cruises
- Cross Country Tours
- Parades
- Air Shows
- Military/Veteran based Recognition events
- History Education events at schools, libraries and museums

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of entities served by expertise

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Tuskegee Airmen Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Detroit RedTail Inc measures its success by the number of people our mobile educational resource is exposed to. The approximate numbers are for Face-to-Face & Non F2F contact.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Detroit RedTail, Inc has taken a 2011 Ford Mustang (car) and custom wrapped it to emulate the "Red Tailed' P-51 Fighter Plane famously flown by the 332nd Fighter Group, commonly known as the "Tuskegee Airmen." The car is affectionately named "RedTail." We use this "mobile museum" to participate in the American Car Culture; Car Shows, Cruises and Parades. When the vehicle is set up in static display, it becomes the "center attraction" that draws a variety of interested enthusiast to it, which then opens the door to discuss the history and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Tuskegee Airmen experience, those that were involved and the history of male and female African Americans in Aviation. Our goal is to reach out to a wide demographic of people that love automobiles AND history and provide an educational tool that is unforgettable. We aim to reach as many people as economically possible through car shows, cruises, parades and cross country tours. You're Monetary donation will contribute to making this happen.

Detroit RedTail, Inc participates in local and regional car shows, car cruises, parades and air shows. Detroit RedTail, Inc also schedules annual cross country "road trips" to take the message across the United States. Detroit RedTail Inc avails itself to any event that desires it's presence upon request. In 2018 Detroit RedTail, Inc road-tripped across Route 66, on way to the Tuakegee Airmen National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2019, we cruised the https://civilrightstrail.com/ in which we visits civil rights museums in Simpson (KY), Nashville (TN), Memphis (TN), Birmingham (AL) , Selma (AL) nd Montgomery (AL). We also visited Moton Field, one of the training site for the Tuskegee Airmen, along with the site that used to be Tuskegee Army Air Field. In 2020, we were limited in our outreach because of the covid-19 pandemic, but we did participate in our 2nd AutoRama, the CruisNtheD car show and cruise and made a trip to the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2021, we plan to tour some of the noted "Scenic Routes of Michigan," and participate in limited car shows, cruises and parades. we, more likely than not, will make an over-the-road long distance trip during 2021 also. You're Monetary donation will contribute to making this happen.

Our mobile museum, RedTail, a custom wrapped 2011 Ford Mustang is NOT an everyday driver. But, it IS an "over-the-road" driver. Have vehicle, will travel. Based solely on monetary contributions from individual donors, we are able to make these "over-the-road" outreaches, participate in car shows, cruises and parades. You're Monetary donation will contribute to making this happen.

Although Detroit RedTail, Inc did not formally organize as a non-profit until October 2017, the custom wrapped car, "RedTail" came into existence in June 2017. Since June 2017, RedTail has participated in over 100 car culture related events. Over the 2017 & 2018 seasons, it won nine (9) awards and trophies. In 2019, it won another 3 awards. RedTail has road-tripped outside of our typical region (Michigan and Ohio) and ventured to Orlando and Tampa Bay (FL), Atlanta (GA), Robbinsville, Concord and Charlotte (NC), Carlisle and Philadelphia (PA), Houston (TX), Washington (DC) and Virginia Beach (VA). In August 2018 we cruised across Route 66, from Chicago (IL) to Las Vegas (NV) making stops in several of the famed cities along the route. In 2019, "RedTail" had an opportunity to road trip to various locations well known from the civil rights movement and noted on the CivilRightsTrail web site. We visited locations in Simpson (KY), Nashville & Memphis (TN) and Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery (AL). We also visited Moton Field, one of the training sites for the Tuskegee Airmen, along with the site that used to be Tuskegee Army Air Field and Walterboro Army Air Field (SC). Since our 2017 season, RedTail has been engaged by an estimate of over 32,500 people at car shows, cruises, parades, road tours, as well as on our website, with about a 35% being of thos engagements being face-to-face with it's docent/driver.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Everyone that we encounter via face to face contact or web site

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email, www.DetroitRedTail.org,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In our initial full season of 2018, we carried a full complement of 2' x 4' storyboards with use that covered a wealth of background data on the Tuskegee Airmen. Based on feedback from those that we interacted with, we found that it was only necessary to carry 2 to 4 story boards for reference to tell the story. In 2020, we have increased our social media involvement

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Detroit Redtail Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Captain Eric Palmer

Detroit RedTail, Inc

Term: 2017 -

Miguel Thornton

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc - Detroit Chapter

LtCol(Ret) Jefferson

Detroit RedTail, Inc

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/21/2019

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.