The aircraft is one of only two existing PT-17s that were used as Tuskegee Airmen trainers during World War II, according to museum officials.
One of the last remaining Tuskegee Airmen, Lt. Col. James Harvey recently visited Pittsburgh International Airport to see the memorial honoring the famed combat unit. Harvey was ready to fight in World War II, but discovered the war was over one hour before he was set to leave. “Hitler knew I was coming,” he said with a laugh.
On the 80th anniversary of the first graduating class of Tuskegee Airmen, the Red Tail Flight Academy graduated its class of 2022.
One of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen — and perhaps the most well-known — Charles McGee died Jan. 16, 2022. He was 102.
Tuskegee Next Founder Steve Davis wants to give back to disadvantaged youth in his home town, Knoxville, Tennessee. Davis, who believes, “you can’t be what you can’t see,” plans to establish a branch of the program there permanently. Based in Chicago, Tuskegee Next has trained nearly 60 pilots since 2015.
The trophy is awarded to “…a living individual, group of individuals, or an organization whose vision, leadership or skill made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States.”
A memorial park at Lowcountry Regional Airport in Walterboro, S.C., tells the story of the Tuskegee Airman, who were known as the Red Tail Angels for the identifying red paint on their tail assemblies and “because of their reputation for not losing aircraft to enemy fighters as they provided fighter coverage for missions over strategic targets in Europe” during World War II.
The six-minute documentary features 100-year-old pilot Co. Charles McGee.
A new book honors Tuskegee Airman James Polkinghorne.