Aircraft developed at an incredible rate between the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 and the 1940s. Yet at the outset of World War II, African-American men were not allowed to be pilots in the Army Air Corps (before the 1947 creation of the Air Force). In 1941, an experimental program was started at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to train hundreds of pilots, bombardiers, and navigators for the looming war. The site is housed in the old hangars at Moton Field airport where historic airplanes and excellent interpretive panels tell the story of the group of African-American men that came to be known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
P-51 Mustang airplane, interpretive film
Start your tour inside Hanger No. 1 then watch the film inside Hanger No. 2, where you will learn about the Tuskegee Airmen’s goal of Double-V, victory over the enemy abroad and victory over racism at home. After the war, in 1948, President Harry S Truman signed an order calling for “equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services.”
Get a shot in front of the P-51 “Red Tail” hanging from the ceiling inside Hanger No. 2.
The site is open year round, but every Memorial Day weekend there is a big celebration at Moton Field and many of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen visit the site.
The site is handicap accessible, and if you contact the NPS before your visit they can arrange parking closer than the main visitor lot on the hill above Moton Field.
Dispersed camping is allowed at nearby Tuskegee National Forest.
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