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They Came to Tuskegee

Marker ID:  
Location: 1616 Chappie James Avenue, Tuskegee, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 27.385    W 085° 40.909
  32.45641666    -85.68181666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


They Came to Tuskegee

Young African American men came to Tuskegee from all over the nation to train as military pilots. They began with primary flight training here at Tuskegee Institute's Moton Field. Tuskegee Institute also had a smaller field, Kennedy Field, where some cadets received orientation flights in Piper J-3 "Cub" during preflight training. Cadets who successfully completed primary at Moton Field transferred to Tuskegee Army Air Field, seven miles from here, for basic and advanced flight training conducted by the Army Air Forces. Only Moton Field remains.

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Top left: Map showing location of air fields
Top right: Piper J-3 "Cubs" at Kennedy Field. Here Tuskegee Institute conducted
Civilian Pilot Training and, while Moton Field was under construction,
some military primary training.
Main photo: Cadets review flight procedures with their instructor at
Tuskegee Army Air Field.

National Park Service, Department of the Interior.


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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