This past Saturday at the Redlands Cinema 14 history came to life at a screening of Red Tails. As a special honor for the theatre, Colonel Paul Green, a retired member of the United States Air Force and one of the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII was welcomed by patrons and staff alike with a standing ovation at a screening of the Twentieth Century Fox film. As a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron, Col. Green flew missions over Italy during WWII and logged over 5,000 flying hours as a command pilot, including flying the P-51 Mustang. Throughout his prestigous career he earned 18 military awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Metal and the Bronze Star. Retiring in 1976 after 33 years of military service he rounded out his career as the Base Commander at local Norton Air Base, located in San Bernardino.
After the screening numerous patrons greeted Col. Green and many took pictures with this local hero. Krikorian Premiere Theatres would like to thank Col. Paul Green as it was a real treat to have such a living legend visit our Redlands theatre.
For more pictures from Col. Green's visit, please click on the photo above.
P-51 Mustang model donated by local resident Martin Nelson and is on display for a limited time at the Redlands Cinema 14.