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"Many soldiers in the Air Force and military have heard of the Tuskegee Airmen. To the U.S. Army Air Corps bombers over the skies of Germany, during World War II, they were more fondly known as the Red Tailed Angels sent to protect them from the Luftwaffe fighter aircraft."
"Who are the Legends of Tuskegee and what do they have in common? Booker Taliafero Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen all came to Tuskegee and created their own legends. Tuskegee is more than a town located in Macon County, Alabama. It is an idea and an ideal. It was a bold experiment and a site of major African-American achievements for over 100 years."
"During World War II, the U.S. military was racially segregated. Reflecting American society and law at the time, most black soldiers and sailors were restricted to labor battalions and other support positions. An experiment in the U.S. Army Air Forces, however, showed that given equal opportunity and training, African-Americans could fly in, command and support combat units as well as anyone."
"The Air Corps’ refusal to allow African-Americans to join its ranks ended on October 9, 1940, when the War Department, at the urging of President Franklin Roosevelt, who wished to guarantee the support of African-Americans in the next presidential election, issued a statement declaring that "Negroes are being given aviation training as pilots, mechanics, and technical specialists."
"In the 1940's Tuskegee, Alabama became home to a "military experiment" to train America's first African-American military pilots. In time the "experiment" became known as the Tuskegee Experience and the participants as the Tuskegee Airmen. Come share their experience as depicted at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site."
"The story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one of defying the odds, overcoming racism, and performing superbly in combat. All the personnel in this outstanding unit were African-American, from the ground crew to the combat pilots."