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“National Historic Site In Tuskegee”

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
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Owner description: Site where African-American pilots trained to become the renowned Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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516 reviews
168 attraction reviews
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“National Historic Site In Tuskegee”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

While driving through Tuskegee today my girlfriend and I stopped by the National Historic Site for the Tuskegee Airmen. The site is located about five minutes from the interstate at Exit 38 on I-85. At first glance it doesn't appear to be much from the scenic overlook. There are some plaques and signs and something of a garden. From the overlook you get a view of Moton Field and the two hangars that make up the Historic site. You have to tour the facility to experience this historic site. Besides the hangars there are some outbuildings which served different functions for the base. There is a good amount of information and you are free to walk in the buildings which we didn't realize upon first walking through. Once we went inside the exhibits are vastly different and it is akin to stepping back in time, complete with candy bars, newspapers, cigarette packs and commentary. The two hangars are complete museums and there is a lot to see and read inside. They have some of the planes the Airmen used as well as uniforms, medals, history and detailed explanations of what was happening and why and how it affected the war efforts. It is moving! I thought we would spend about thirty minutes walking through the whole place and we spent almost three hours in the end. There is no fee but donations are accepted. This is one of those hidden places that you have seen or lived near all your life or read about in history class but never went and then you finally did and are surprised at how much is there and why you never went before. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and even drove through the historic Tuskegee University campus while in town. The George Washington Carver Museum and the Historic Home Of Booker T. Washington are also on campus and close by the the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.

Visited May 2014
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Lubbock, Texas
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55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“They helped win the war”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

The exhibit includes examples of the aircraft on which the Tuskegee Airmen trained and explains various aspects of their training and their experiences in World War II. Also well worth visiting, a short drive away from Moton Field, is the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site. Although the museum was closed for renovation when we were there, we were able to see the college campus and walk through the cemetery, which has graves of the families of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver.

Visited September 2013
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Fairview, West Virginia
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26 reviews
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“Meaningful Tribute to Aviation Heroes”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

The museum exhibits, film, and archival collection is an excellent tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, but also honors the support staff who made their contribution possible. The National Park Ranger was engaging, well informed, and cordial. The only difficulty I encountered was trying to use my GPS to find the World War II hangars in which the museum is housed. After stopping at the National Park Visitor Center, it took about an hour of wrong turns to locate the historic site. The Visitor Center is in dire need of renovation. And the staff person mistakenly believed his verbal directions to the airstrip and hangars were clear and understandable. I walked away, determined to rely on the GPS for direction. The museum itself was very nicely maintained and honors the Red Tails beautifully, as it should. The movie was an excellent overview of the World War II aviation history. The staff needs to find a way to generate revenue in order to keep the museum open on Sundays.

Visited April 2014
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“A must see if you are in the Montgomery / Tuskegee area”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

If you have ever seen the movie RED TAILS, you will love this museum. Lots of memorabilia of African American soldiers who played an important part in military and American history. It's free to view it and well worth the 35 - 40 minute drive from Montgomery.

Visited March 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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282 attraction reviews
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“Informative and Unique Museum”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

The historic site has several buildings scattered around the property (most only have a sign that you can read), with two hangars serving as indoor museums. The Tuskegee Institute is about a 5 min drive away, which is also free.

Visited April 2014
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