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AVI-8 is honoured to partner with the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI) in designing a timepiece limited to just 300 pieces that payS tribute to the distinguished men and women who were part of the US Army Air Corps’ landmark program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft in WWII. 

2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the activation of the famed 99th Pursuit Squadron which would become famous for being part of a  collective of African American aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen and Red Tails. 

Thirteen members of Tuskegee Airmen class 43C. U.S. Air Force photo

The 332nd Fighter Group flew P-51 Mustangs to escort the heavy bombers of the 15th Air Force during raids deep into enemy territory. The  tails, noses and rudders of their planes were painted red for identification purposes, earning them the enduring nickname “Red Tails.” 

Tuskegee Airmen. P-51 Mustang. The 332nd’s aircraft had distinctive markings that gave them the name “Red Tails.” (U.S. Air Force photo) L2/Group/332nd Ftr/pho 170

AVI-8 is proud to support the work of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI) as they focus on honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of African Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII.  

Each watch sold will contribute to the incredible work of the Tuskegee Airmen, including but not limited to their educational programs that help foster excitement and introduce young people across the nation to the world of aviation and science. 

In commemorating the Tuskegee Airmen – AVI-8 has redesigned their P-51 Mustang Meca-Quartz Chronograph to highlight and pay tribute to their skilful flying of the P-51 Mustang in the many theatres of European air conflict during WWII.

Crafted from solid stainless steel, a fluidly streamlined 43mm case showcases a custom-built crown guard, with micro-detailing inspired by the P-51 Mustang’s engine exhaust. Completing the case is a bezel with an etched tachymeter scale topped by a scratch-resistant sapphire lens with an anti-reflective coating. A clear and legible dial is perfectly designed with aviation elements drawn from the Red Tails’ P-51 Mustangs.

The multi-layered dial with bold indexes and Swiss lumed hands is complemented by coloured minute tracks drawn from the nose art on the aircraft. The “Tuskegee Airmen” is stamped at the 1H position as a reminder of their legacy.

Equipped with the reputable VK series Japanese Meca-Quartz movement, the Tuskegee Airmen Chronograph Limited Edition is armed with both the reliability of quartz chronograph timing along with the nostalgic hand feel of automatic movements.

Attaching the watch to the wrist is their iconic padded leather strap inspired by the seats within the P-51 Mustang. Contrasting colours for the strap and its loops are drawn from the artwork on the Red Tails’ P-51 Mustangs. Each timepiece is paired with an additional premium grade, genuine leather strap so you can effortlessly switch up your style.

Individually numbered and limited to 300 pieces, each timepiece comes packaged in a stunning Tuskegee Airmen-inspired red and black nylon-wrapped gift box.

Due for release on 23rd September, 2022. Priced at USD $350 / GBP £285 / EUR €320 AVI-8

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