Tuskegee Airmen

Grades 6-12

In 1941, an all African American flying squadron was established in Tuskegee, Alabama. The purpose of this Army Air Corps program was to train African Americans to fly and maintain a combat aircraft. The people involved in this experiment acquired the name "Tuskegee Airmen." Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington, was selected as the training ground for the pilots. The school had the facilities, technology and climate for training year-round with airplanes. By World War II, the Tuskegee program had expanded and become the center for African American aviation. The Tuskegee Airmen paved the way for full integration of African Americans into the U.S. military.

ETV partnered with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation to provide coverage of the Tuskegee 60th reunion events in Camden, South Carolina. Watch captured clips from this historic event for Knowitall.org.

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Military Collections - Teacher Resources
Military Collections - Teacher Resources

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Tuskegee Airmen - Teacher Resources
Tuskegee Airmen - Teacher Resources

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In 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen, an all African American flying squadron was established in Tuskegee, Alabama. The purpose of this Army Air Corps program was to train African Americans to fly and...
The Tuskegee Airmen Phenomenon
The Tuskegee Airmen Phenomenon

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The story of the Tuskegee Airman is even more a story about America than about a group of determined young African American men and women in the late 30’s and early 40’s. On this edition of...
Colonel Herbert E. Carter | Tuskegee Airmen
Colonel Herbert E. Carter | Tuskegee Airmen

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Herbert E. Carter (1919 - 2012) Colonel Herbert E. Carter was one of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. In this interview, Wood talks about his missions. Additional Information: Carter was a...
Major Carrol S. Woods | Tuskegee Airmen
Major Carrol S. Woods | Tuskegee Airmen

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Carrol S. Woods (1919-2007) Major Carroll S. Woods was one of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. In this interview, Wood talks about his graduating class, medals received and the type of planes...
Karen Rutherford, Daughter of a Tuskegee Airman
Karen Rutherford, Daughter of a Tuskegee Airman

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Karen Rutherford is the director of Career Services at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. Karen's father and two of her uncles were all Tuskegee Airmen. In this interview, she shares the story of their...
Exhibit 1: P-51C Mustang  | Tuskegee Airmen
Exhibit 1: P-51C Mustang | Tuskegee Airmen

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During the Celebrate Freedom - Tuskegee Airmen 60th Anniversary, Jim Prater shares the history of the P-51C Mustang airplane. The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single...