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History: Tuskegee Airmen take to skies

clarionledger.comThe Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots in U.S. history, escorted heavy bomber missions across Europe in World War II. This poster, featuring the Tuskegee Airmen, was among those that encouraged Americans to buy war bonds. th (Photo: Wikipedia)

July 19, 1941: Training began for the first class of African-American military pilots in Tuskegee, Alabama. By 1946, nearly 1,000 pilots had graduated from the Tuskegee Army Air Field, receiving commissions and pilot wings. These pilots went on to escort heavy bomber missions across Europe in World War II. In 2007, the 300 or so surviving airmen received Congressional Gold Medals in honor of their service. HBO made an Emmy-winning movie on them in 1995, and a feature film called “Red Tails” followed in 2012.

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