Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Opens

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By Sarah Cantey

 It was a historic weekend in Tuskegee as hundreds gathered at Moton Field for the unveiling of a project almost a decade in the making.

 
Several surviving Tuskegee Airmen attended the dedication ceremony at the Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site. Over eight years a hangar was transformed into a museum and a skyway club was restored. The Tuskegee airmen were the first black US military aviators with an outstanding combat record in World War II. 
 
Thomas Bristow Sr., a Tuskegee Airman- Sergeant said, "Just like a farmer, turning the ground, and you hope for your crop to come up, and all the way you hope for the crop. So I've lived to see, I can see the birth now of those that have died and all that it wasn't in vain."
 
There's no exact number on how many Tuskegee Airmen are alive, but estimates show less than 100 pilots and 200 support personnel. 
 
For more information visit: http://www.nps.gov/tuai/index.htm 

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William C. Lennard said on Monday, Feb 17 at 7:55 PM

There were nearly a 1000 Tuskegee Airmen Pillots and more than 12,000 Airmen which included the pilots and ground support personnel as Ron Brewington has mentioned.

Ron Brewington said on Monday, Feb 17 at 12:31 AM

Greetings...I'm a Tuskegee Airmen historian. I noted an error in paragraph 2 regarding the definition of Tuskegee Airmen. "Tuskegee Airmen" is the name given to the first African-American aviators in the U.S. military, as well as various ground support personnel, including whites and women. On March 29, 2007 when then-President George W. Bush collectively, not individually presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen in a one-time only ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, it was not just for the pilots(fighter and bomber)only.

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