Military history of the United States

August 22, 2013 - 3:00pm

The Chicago chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen recently completed another schedule of successful summer programming aimed at steering interested and at-risk youth into aviation careers.

Chicago Tuskegee programs consist of the Legacy Flight Academy, the Educational Assistance Program (which provides scholarships) and the Youth Aviation Summer Program.

October 25, 2012 - 9:05am
Tuskegee airmen

During World War II, from June 1943 through April 1945, they flew 1,578 missions, 15,533 sorties, destroyed 261 aircraft and earned 850 medals. They were the Tuskegee Airmen, African-Americans who were members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt yet segregated from the rest of the troops. Trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Ala., they were pilots, instructors, navigators and mechanics.

October 11, 2012 - 2:50pm

NBAA will bestow its highest award, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, to members of the Tuskegee Airmen squadron on October 31 during the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The legendary group of black aviators successfully battled discrimination and adversity as they defended the U.S. in World War II. “We are honored to present this award to these storied aviators, who in a time of great peril defended the U.S. and its principles, even as they faced intolerance at home,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

September 13, 2006 - 9:45am

Joshua Cunningham was awarded the 2006 Golden Eagle Scholarship from Pratt & Whitney in partnership with the Tuskegee Airmen. The $20,000 award recognizes a high school senior who has demonstrated an aptitude for aerospace technology and aviation. He will receive $5,000 each year for four years.

 
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