I am a travel writer who covers National Parks (npplan.com) and I was at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site on August 2, 2014. Located at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is a massive museum dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen. Two airplane hangars house aircraft, exhibits, and artifacts from the “Tuskegee Experiment,” a plan to train black Americans as US Army Air Corps pilots during World War II. In addition to the museum, visitors can walk around the grounds and see some of the remaining buildings from the Airmen era. The entire visit is a self-guided experience with a park Ranger on hand to answer any questions.
Moton Field served as the only primary flight training facility for blacks in the United States, but it was just one stop on the road to becoming a pilot. The first stop for all Tuskegee Airmen was ground school at the Tuskegee Institute, the school contracted by the US government to provide ground and primary flight training for black flight cadets from 1941 until the program ended in 1949. Cadets who passed the programs at Tuskegee Institute went on to more rigorous training at Tuskegee Army Air Field, which was seven miles from Moton Field. The Tuskegee Army Air Field no longer exists. Tuskegee Airmen continued as a entity until 1949, when the military had been desegregated and the Airmen were assigned to other units in the nearly formed Air Force. The US Army Air Corps was a unit of the US Army at the start of the Tuskegee training program.
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