Accession Number : AD1019155

Title :   Black Air: African American Contributions to Airpower before Integration

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air War College School of Advanced Air and Space Studies Maxwell AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Garner,Damone

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Report Date : 01 Jun 2010

Pagination or Media Count : 82

Abstract : This study shows why the Tuskegee Airmen's mechanics and other support personnel deserve respect for the role they played in this incredible program which focused on creating Black pilots in the Army Air Corps. The Black Pilot plight could not be resolved without a concentration of men and women who served as mechanics, supply clerks, truck drivers, doctors and medical personnel, and weather personnel. These airmen fought two wars. One war was against racism and prejudice and the other was against Axis forces in the skies over Europe, the Mediterranean, and Africa. The study shows that racism in the United States did not prevent Blacks from entering the Army Air Corps to fly and fight for their country. They were brave and ready individuals who trained and fought with valor for their rights as citizens and their lives as Airmen.

Descriptors :   african americans , prejudice , flight training , air force , military pilots , second world war , aerial warfare , military history

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE