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The Tuskegee Airmen

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Tuskegee Airmen (circa 1942 - Aug 1943)

Tuskegee Airmen (circa 1942 - Aug 1943)





The Tuskegee airmen were the first group of black soldiers allowed to serve in aviation positions


Who Were They? from Tuskegee Airmen National Museum

  • They were part of the 99th Pursuit Squadron of fighter planes identified by red tail markings.


  • They provided coverage for bombers flying missions over Europe


  • They were called Black Bird Men (Schwartze Vogelmenschen) by the German military; American bomber crews referred them as Red Tail Angels

Facts and Chronology from Tuskegee University


Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony, 2007
Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony, 2007


 Primary Sources






Mal Whitfield, 1948 Olympics 

Mal Whitfield, 1948 Olympics

Mal Whitfield was an Airman and 3 Time Olympic Gold Medalist

 Multimedia Resources

The Tuskegee Red-Tailed Angels from Smithsonian Channel

Wings for This Man, U. S. Army Film (1945) on YouTube

An interview with a surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen. Discusses a movie called "Red Tails" that was made about the fighter pilots. 

Learning Plans

Learning Guide to The Tuskegee Airmen from Teach with Movies

See United States History II.21 for more on battles of World War II




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