• Part of a roofline shows from one building. Trees with fall color leaves on them fill most of the photo. A lamp-post is near center of the photo.

    Harpers Ferry Center

Fly Back in Time at Moton Field

Read more about HFC's work on this project: Audiovisual | Exhibits

Moton Field at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was the primary training facility for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military pilots. Visitors "step back in time" to 1941 in Hangar One's 8,000 square feet of historically furnished rooms.

Staff curators at Harpers Ferry Center researched and acquired the historic furnishings, including the Stearman PT-17 and Piper Cub airplanes that dominate Hangar One. Antique typewriters sit quietly in the recreated offices. Visitors—like the Tuskegee Airmen—learn to identify enemy aircraft in the intelligence office, equipped with models hanging from the ceiling, instruction manuals, and chalkboard drawings. The lunchroom is staged with tables, chairs, and even five-cent Baby Ruth candy bars.

The nearby Skyway Club, a recreation facility for Moton Field's staff and trainees, is historically furnished with tables, chairs, a juke box, piano, and recreated bar.
HFC historic furnishings curators also worked with the contractors for Hangar Two's exhibits and movie to assist with material culture and ensure historical accuracy.

The storage room includes essential supplies like a propeller, parachutes, and parts for repairing aircraft.

Stearman PT-17 training aircraft

A room with a tiled floor, aircraft silhouettes on the walls, airplane models hanging from the ceiling, charts, a table and chairs.

A 1940s typewriter, office supplies, forms, and a notepad on top of an office desk

The tea room has small tables and chairs, a Coca-cola cooler and an old-fashioned refrigerator.

The Skyway Club bar has a blue mirrored bar back with a cash register and flower arrangements.

Read more about HFC's work on this project: Audiovisual | Exhibits

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