Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee Institute

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Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, commemorates the contributions of African American airmen in World War II. Moton Field was the site of primary flight training for the pioneering pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, and is now operated by the National Park Service to interpret their history and achievements. It was constructed in 1941 as a new training base. The field was named after former Tuskegee Institute principal Robert Russa Moton, who died the previous year.
Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
"Tuskegee Airmen" refers to all who were involved in the so-called "Tuskegee Experiment," the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.
The military selected Tuskegee Institute to train pilots because of its commitment to aeronautical training. Tuskegee had the facilities, and engineering and technical instructors, as well as a climate for year-round flying. The first Civilian Pilot Training Program students completed their instruction in May 1940. The Tuskegee program was then expanded and became the center for African-American aviation during World War II.
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  • First of all; when visiting the museum you kinda step back in time! the hangars and access roads are little different then they were in the 40's. Inside there is plenty information, and the movie is a...  more »
  • The Tuskegee Air Museum is dedicated to sharing the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. They were American Heroes, and aviation and civil rights pioneers. The musuem located at the original airfield is ful...  more »
  • The museum made for a relaxing day trip from Columbus, GA. The exhibits are well done for a self guided tour. I recommend following the suggested order of visiting hangar 1 first. I watched the film in hangar 2 after viewing all of the exhibits and found it to be a wonderful wrap up of all I had learned.
  • Really amazing preservation of civil rights history. For how small it is it's really well designed and taken care of. The staff there is really friendly and interactive with visitors. Around the outside of the museum is also a really nice great area where you can pause for lunch or a snack.

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