The First Class of Aviation Cadets Entered Training at Tuskegee Institute

The Army Air Corps established Tuskegee Army Air Field in 1941 near Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, which had been a center for training blacks to fly. Although segregated and greeted with hostility by many, the training facility marked a milestone for African Americans. The curriculum was identical to other air training facilities. White officers ran most of the pilot training. As base commander, Noel Parrish made sure the program was fair and evenhanded, which enhanced morale among the cadets.

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 19, 1941
Image Reference: 
Tuskegee Cadets
Full Size Image Reference: 
Tuskegee Cadets
Sub Category: 
African Americans
People Connections: 
Noel F. Parrish
Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
Aircraft Connections: 
Piper J-2 Cub
Event Year: 
1 941
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