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Eugene Jacques Bullard
Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force can view exhibits and check out online resources to learn more about the first black military pilot Eugene Jacques Bullard and other African Americans who served in the Air Force and its predecessor organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Learn about African American history at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Posted 1/29/2013   Updated 1/28/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


1/29/2013 - DAYTON, Ohio -- As Black History Month approaches, visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force can view exhibits and check out online resources to learn more about African Americans who served in the Air Force and its predecessor organizations.

A self-guided tour through the Early Years and World War II Galleries points out prominent black aviators and significant milestones in Air Force history. A printable guide highlighting Eugene Jacques Bullard, the first black military pilot; the famous Tuskegee Airmen; Engineer Aviation Battalions; and the integration of the Air Force is available at http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070302-007.pdf.

The Museum Lecture Series podcast and the Museum Audio Tour both include segments related to black history, from guest lectures on the integration of the Air Force to an audio tour on the Tuskegee Airmen. These podcasts can be downloaded through iTunes or accessed at http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/podcasts/index.asp.

Finally, a number of educational resources are available on the museum's website. The "Black Wings" Teacher Resource Guide, available at http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070319-145.pdf, highlights the contributions African Americans have made to Air Force history and includes information on audiovisual loan items and suggested readings. The museum's Education staff also created a lesson plan on the Tuskegee Airmen to teach students in grades 2-4 about the World War II heroes. It can be downloaded from http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-110419-030.pdf.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton, Ohio. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.



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