The Air Fields of the Tuskegee Airmen
Contact: Patricia Butts, 334-727-6390
TUSKEGEE, AL– Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site invites you to attend, "The Air Fields of the Tuskegee Airmen" on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM.
This program will focus on various racially segregated Air Bases where the Tuskegee Airmen trained while preparing to fight in World War II. First learning how to fly J3 Piper Cubs at Kennedy Field, and then on to the PT-17 Stearman at Moton Field. From there, the Airmen would transfer to Tuskegee Army Air Field to receive training on more advanced aircraft like the BT-13 Valiant and the AT-6 Texan.
The Tuskegee Airmen went on to become the very First African American Fighter Pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps. The training received was intense, stressful and rigorous. These men came from all over the United States to Alabama facing many trials, obstacles, hardships and setbacks. In spite of these challenges they became legends.
The Airmen broke down many racial and social barriers during their training at various civilian and military bases. When people told them they could not succeed, they proved them otherwise. Come and hear the story of these pioneers of flight, men who helped pave the way toward equality and the integrated society that we all live in today.
This event will be fun, informative and exciting. There will be opportunities to win prizes and receive a special grounds tour of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Arrive early to ensure you don’t miss a thing. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, call (334) 724-0922 or visit www.nps.gov/tuai.
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Directions to the Site:
From Montgomery, AL
From the airport, take US 80 E to, I-65 N to I-85 N. Follow I-85 N towards Atlanta. Travel approximately 50 miles to exit 38. Exit and turn right on to Highway 81 South. Travel 1/2 mile and turn left on Chappie James Avenue, take 2nd left into parking area.
From Atlanta, GA
Take I-85 S towards Montgomery. Travel approximately 150 miles to exit 38. Exit and turn left on to Highway 81 South. Travel 1/2 mile and turn left on Chappie James Avenue, take 2nd left into parking area.
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Did You Know?
On March 29, 2007 the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush, the highest civilian honor available in the United States.