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The Place Where We Learned to Fly



Marker ID:  
Location: 1616 Chappie James Avenue, Tuskegee, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 27.392    W 085° 40.84
  32.45653333    -85.68066666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None
 



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The Place Where We Learned to Fly


Over 1,000 cadets learned to fly here at Moton Field, taking off and landing on an open, grassy field beyond the structures below. The field was used so intensely for primary flight training during World War II that the aircraft soon rutted the field and wore away the grass. The paved runways you see now were added in in the 1970s.

Moton Field was a small airfield, but it was the scene of great accomplishments. The men and women who came to Moton Field went on to change the nation forever.

This was the place where we learned to fly, we became pilots, we became officers . . . .
Randolph Edwards, 2003

{Photo caption}
Flight instructor evaluates the technique of an
aviation cadet landing a PT-17 on one of Milton
Field's grass runways.

National Park Service, Department of the Interior.



Notes:

More information:
NPS - Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Wikipedia - Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Wikipedia - Tuskegee Airmen
History.com - Tuskegee Airmen



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