The Tuskegee Airmen formed in 1941. The airmen were an all African-American air squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama. The squadron's success and achievements in World War II led to the integration of African-Americans into the United States' military forces.Continue Reading
Because of pressure from civil rights leaders and the black press, the U.S. Military began training African-American men to become pilots. The military chose the Tuskegee Institute based on its commitment and facilities for aeronautical training. Based on its successes, the squadron proved that African-American pilots could handle the rigors of air combat.
The Tuskegee Airmen included not only the pilots, but also the maintenance workers, instructional staff, support staff and the bombardiers.Learn more about World War 2