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In 1941, the U.S. Army Air Corps began a military "experiment" to see if Negroes could be trained as combat pilots and support personnel. The first to be trained in support of this operations were the mechanics who began their training in March 1941 at Chanute Field, near Rantoul, Illinois.
On July 19, 1941, twelve aviaition cadets and one student officer reported to Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to begin primary flight training as the first African American pilot candidates in the U.S. Army.
- Grade level:
- Sixth Grade-Eleventh Grade
- African American History and Culture, Aviation, Civil Rights Movement, Education, Government, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies, World War II
- National/State Standards:
- ALCOS: 9.2, 6TH GRADE
This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.
- Lesson Plan