BRUNSWICK — A traveling exhibit dedicated to telling the story behind the obstacles that black military pilots and their ground support crews had to overcome to fight in World War II is coming to Brunswick next week.

The Rise Above Traveling Exhibit will be at the Bill Dodge Auto Group, 262 Bath Road, on Aug. 22 and 23 – just prior to the opening of the 2012 Great State of Maine Show, which will run from Aug. 24-26 at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Suzanne Krauss, Deputy Air Show Director, said the exhibit is sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force “Red Tail Squadron” whose pilots and planes will perform during the three-day-long airshow.

The traveling exhibit, which is housed inside a 53-foot-long trailer, will feature a 30-minute documentary film called “Rise Above” which tells the inspirational story behind the Tuskegee Airmen – the first black U.S. Army Air Corps pilots.

The Tuskegee Airmen, who had not been allowed up until that point to serve in the military due to their race, earned hundreds of citations, awards and medals during their service. Their military record convinced the military to desegregate in 1948. The Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal for their accomplishments.

There is enough seating room inside the trailer for 30 people. Shows will be held each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.