Editorial: Tuskegee Airmen

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There have been many movies made in Hollywood about remarkable men of war.  The stories are riveted with bravery, honor, sacrifice and love of country.  This Friday the historic story of the Tuskegee Airmen stationed here in Alabama just up the road will again be told on the big screen.

For those that didn't know - before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the US military. In 1941, civil rights organizations exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama.  They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II serving with distinction in over 15,500 combat sorties.  The Tuskegee Airmen's achievements, together with the men and women who supported them, paved the way for full integration of the US military.

Because of the historical significance of these men and the proximity we all have in Central Alabama to Tuskegee we encourage you all to visit and tour the Hangar One Museum at Moton Field – which by the way- was the training base for the Tuskegee Airmen.  The hangar houses World War II era training planes and interactive displays that tell the story of the airmen.

For more information go to wsfa.com and click on the Tuskegee Airmen link.

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