Tuskegee Airmen

First Black Pilots in the US Army Air Force

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black pilots and airmen in the United States Army Air Force. They were founded in 1941 and trained at the Tuskegee army airfield in Alabama as a part of the Tuskegee experiment, which was a program for Black pilots. There were 13 members of the first class in 1941. Even with their training, the airmen were not respected or even given the same quality of living, opportunities, or even equipment due to segregation

They earned a very good reputation and even some honors and awards. In one mission they destroyed 12 enemy plans in two days. During World War II they broke records including one of the lowest loss records, which means they prevented people from being killed in the war. 

The best known of the Tuskegee airmen were nicknamed the “Redtails” because of the red paint on the tails of the plane. 

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