Tuskegee Airmen: Related Links
The all-black 332 Fighter Group
flew more different kinds of
fighter planes than any other
group during WWII. While not
so challenging for the pilots,
who say that once you know how
to fly one plane, you can pretty
much fly them all, it placed
extreme pressure on the mechanics
who had to service these planes.
"The mechanics really did a
yeoman's job of keeping our
planes in tip-top shape," says
Sam Broadnax. "It was extremely
difficult to learn the schematics
of completely different engines,
and be able to jump from one
type of engine to the other."
Tuskegee mechanics had some
of the best mechanical records
of WWII. The mechanics often
worked round-the-clock, sleeping
in shifts in the airplane hangers
where they were working. The
mess hall would bring food out
to them, so they would not be
delayed a single second from
finishing their work on the
Some of the planes the Airmen
(engine behind pilot)
(air-cooled radial engine
in front of pilot)
(the famous Tuskegee "Red
Airmen - Lest We Forget - Offers a collection
of articles and biographical profiles pertaining to
the famous all-black fighter squadron.
Tuskegee Airmen Story - Lt. Col. James C. Warren
presents an overview of his book about the Airmen, and
contributes background on the group.
Tuskegee Airmen - Learn about the political
and legal pressures that resulted in the formation of
the all-black fighter squadron.
Unofficial Tuskegee Airmen Homepage - Check
out a squadron combat record and details on planes used
by the squadron. Includes a history timeline.
Tuskegee Airmen - 332nd Fighter Group - Features
a list of combat statistics, and includes an amusing
story of Eleanor Roosevelt's ride with one of the pilots.
Airmen Inc. - National organization provides
info on its events, as well as an historical examination
of the Tuskegee pilots.
Eagles - Air Force article takes a close look
at the Tuskegee Program, as seen through the eyes of
Wanted Us": Black Aviators at Freeman Field
- Indiana Historical Society feature recounts the famous
Freeman Field Incident.
Davis, American - Examines the life of one Tuskegee
commander who battled against institutional racism and
went on to an illustrious military career.
to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. 29th National Convention
- Read this speech made by Deputy Secretary of Defense
Rudy de Leon in San Antonio on August 11, 2000.
Tuskegee Airmen - Brief history features a partial
roster, a collection of photos, and links to Tuskegee
Pilot Reflects on Career, Military Integration
- Read about the recollections of Lt. Col. James A.
Hurd, a pilot who joined the military in 1939.
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