Alabama Air National Guard hosts annual Tuskegee Airmen open house

Alabama Air National Guard hosts annual Tuskegee Airmen open house

MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - Fighter planes were on display at the Alabama Air National Guard as it celebrated the third annual Tuskegee Airmen Legacy Open House.

Visitors had the chance to explore fighter planes while learning about military aircraft and being introduced to aviation related careers.

Organizers say this is a great way for people to understand aviation history and to show Montgomery residents what they have so close to home.

"Well a lot of folks don't know that the 187th Wing is here in Montgomery, Alabama. And they don't know that we actually have fighter jets here," said Eric Schuffert, 187th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Superintendent.

If touring the planes wasn't enough, maybe a P-51 C Mustang, the signature plane flown by the Tuskegee airmen going up in the sky is. That was the highlight of the open house, with a chance to learn more about the plane.

Families that watched the air show took advantage of the opportunity to teach their children a fun midsummer history lesson.

"I wanted to bring my grandkids out so that they could see whats going on around the world, and to understand whats going on in their own neighborhood," said civilian Tommy Gaines.

This open house marked the 75th anniversary of the 100th Fighter Squadron, and wraps up a two day celebration of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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