Tag: Tuskegee Airmen



Tuskegee Airmen Memorial honors what Black men can achieve

ULISH CARTER Think about it. It’s during the 1940s when Blacks are looked upon as dumb monkeys; if not intelligent enough to fight on the front lines, how could they possibly be able to fly plans, let alone be fighter pilots? Black people were not considered to be intelligent enough to hold jobs such as doctors, lawyers, policemen, or any other position that required any kind of intelligence, including sports. They were considered to be just a shade above monkeys.



Review: Layon Gray’s ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee’

RECRUITS WAITING FOR THE INTERVIEW IN THE HEAT Despite the fact that Blacks were considered to be lazy with small brains and no capacity to fly planes or do technical work, the men of the 332nd Fighter Group of the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Corps shot down that segregated stereotype with each task they passed at the in Tuskegee Alabama where African American pilots were trained.



Tuskegee Airmen finally receive due with memorial

PROUD MOMENT—Airman Dr. Harry Lanauze stands proudly with wife, Helen, and daughter, Karlyn Coward, after viewing the list of names on the roll of honor. (Courier Photos/J.L. Martello) by Genea L. WebbFor New Pittsburgh CourierJames A. Cotten sees the three and a half years he served as a Tuskegee Airmen as the best time of his life. “During that time I learned to contribute to the betterment of the United States,” said Cotten who, according to his wife, Oteria, was drafted into the service when he turned 18. On the recommendation of then-president Franklin Roosevelt, an all Black flight training program was created at the Tuskegee Institute and the Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama. The airmen belonged to the 332nd Fighter Group’s 99th, 100th, 301st and 302nd Fighter Squadrons and took part in more than 15,500 sorties in Europe, North Africa and Sicily. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. “We were just doing what we were told to do,” said airmen Harold Slater, who grew up in the Hill District. “That’s what helped us get through the ordeal (of segregation and mistreatment) we paid our dues but we were able to help keep America safe.”



Tuskegee Airmen on mission to teach students

Wilbur Mason, left, and Val Archer, former members of the Tuskegee Airmen, speak to students about their military experiences during the Tuskegee Airmen Aviation Career Training program at Delta Air Lines headquarters, June 18, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White) by Jeff Martin ATLANTA (AP) — As the U.S. military’s first Black aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen had a double challenge: flying in the dangerous skies during World War II, and fighting a war against prejudice waged by allies both at home and overseas. Now some of the airmen’s members have undertaken another mission: helping high school students rise above obstacles in their pursuit of aviation careers through a program that also aims to ensure the survival of the Tuskegee legacy.