Tuskegee Airmen


Tuskegee Institute to become part of the Civilian Pilot Training Program

December 17, 1939

The Airmen might have never gotten off the ground without Eleanor Roosevelt’s help.

April 20, 1941

Five young Negroes made aviation history at Tuskegee, Alabama.

July 4, 1941

There were a total of 932 Tuskegee Airmen who graduated from the program; of these only 355 would ever serve in active duty as fighter pilots.

March 19, 1942

A Tuskegee airman almost shot the late Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi in a showdown outside of Tripoli

July 28, 1943

Thurgood Marshall, the future Supreme Court justice, got his start defending Tuskegee bomber trainees.

August 25, 1943

The Tuskegee Airmen shot down three German jets in a single day.

March 24, 1944

Alexander Jefferson was shot down and knocked out so he spent nine months in Germany as a prisoner of war.

August 12, 1944

The Tuskegee Airmen was the only fighter group to have a perfect record protecting the bombers.

October 6, 1944

The Air Force commissioned a study on the feasibility of integration

November 8, 1947