If you are a fan of Southwest Airlines, you are aware of the fact that, of our 512 airplanes, there are a number of them with various signatures attached to them. The more recognizable signature airplanes are the ones painted like Shamu or with a flag of the states that we serve.
From a personal standpoint, I had a vision that one day one of our Southwest Airlines signature airplanes would represent the world renowned Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, by painting the tail of one of our airplanes red like the Tuskegee Airmen did to their P-51 Mustangs.
I know that this would be asking a lot of the Company but Southwest Airlines has supported Tuskegee Airmen Inc. for many years, so what's one red tail...? Just kidding it was just a vision. However...
The 36th Annual Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. National Convention was held in the Dallas area this year, and Southwest Airlines was the leading Corporate Sponsor for the Convention. Southwest Airlines held a welcoming ceremony for the Tuskegee Airmen at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field Airport, and this was a day that I will remember for the rest of my life.
This is the day that a dream came true for a number of our Employees. Southwest unveiled a decal that was installed on one of our 737s to salute the Tuskegee Airmen for their service to our country during WWII, for the stellar military record that they achieved during the war, and for being recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal.
Aircraft N288WN is our latest signature airplane, and it will fly in our fleet with the decal for one year, so be on the look out for it. Although it doesn't have a red tail, it's a dream come true none the less.