Training Ground for America’s First Black Military Pilots
Moton Field in Tuskegee was home to an “experiment” to find out if African-Americans could be trained to be combat pilots. In addition to pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen included bombardiers, navigators, dispatchers and technicians. Women were also part of this group, working alongside the men as secretaries, mechanics, control tower operators and parachute riggers. The Tuskegee Airmen formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps and fought in World War II as the first African-American military aviators in the nation’s history.