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Posted 10/17/2014 Printable Fact Sheet
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Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit
DAYTON, Ohio -- Tuskegee Airmen exhibit in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Note: This exhibit has been temporarily removed from display. An expanded Tuskegee Airmen exhibit is in the works and will open in early 2015.

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 USAAF's black fliers, the so-called "Tuskegee Airmen," served with distinction in combat and directly contributed to the eventual integration of the U.S. armed services, with the U.S. Air Force leading the way.

Click on the following links to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Political Pressure
Training Begins
Davis Leads the 99th into Combat
Lt. Gen. Daniel James III
Escort Excellence
Legacy of Equality
Edward C. Gleed Flying Jacket
William L. Cain Uniform

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Educational Materials
Lesson Plan: Tuskegee Airmen (grades 2-4)
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Dr. Daniel L. Haulman: "Tuskegee Airmen" (01:24:03)
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Other Resources
Tuskegee Airmen Inc.
Think TV: "World War II: Exploring Your Local History" (00:07:25)
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