RED TAILS Chicago “DODO” Chapter ABC News Footage

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Chicago area Original Tuskegee Airmen watched their history
dramatized on the silver screen. On Sunday Jan 15th, Shelby Westbrook,
Milton Williams, John Rodgers and other original airmen attended the
Chicago "DODO" Chapter's Private Screening / Fundraiser at the Showplace
ICON Theater for an advance showing of the LucasFilm epic movie, "Red
Tails".

This Day in History, July 19, 1941: Tuskegee Airmen Established

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A Tuskegee Airmen Moment to reflect upon.

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Faithful Pursuit Project

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2011 TAI - President Report to Members 5-16-2011

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P-51 Project honors Tuskegee Airmen

http://www.redtail.org/about/mission.html

The CAF Red Tail Project was started in the 1990s by a group of volunteer members of the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. As they were getting ready to restore a WWII-vintage P-51C Mustang fighter, Don Hinz,  a pilot and entrepreneur, presented a unique idea. Instead of just restoring another old U.S. Army Air Corps airplane to fly at air shows, why not have this Mustang be an educational tool? It could be used to create interest in the history and legacy of the first black military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, who flew this type of airplane during World War II. Their story is rarely mentioned in schools even though they had a unique role in 20th century American history.

 

 

The theme of the Faithful Pursuit project was to emulate the Turbo-Supercharged P-47 Thunderbolt fighter of World War II, whose washing machine sized turbo was behind the pilot. The name chosen for the car, “Faithful Pursuit” highlights the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and their faithful pursuit of excellence The benefits of rear mounted engine are as follows: Less underhood heat means greater thermal efficiency. Better weight distribution, ours i 50/50. Better weight transfer for acceleration. Ours is under 4 sec 0-60. And you cannot beat the “Wow!” factor.


P-51 Project honors Tuskegee Airmen

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2011 TAI - President Report to Members 5-16-2011

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2011 TAI – President Report to Members 5-16-2011

 

P-51 Project honors Tuskegee Airmen

http://www.redtail.org/about/mission.html

The CAF Red Tail Project was started in the 1990s by a group of volunteer members of the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. As they were getting ready to restore a WWII-vintage P-51C Mustang fighter, Don Hinz, a pilot and entrepreneur presented a unique idea. Instead of just restoring another old U.S. Army Air Corps airplane to fly at air shows, why not have this Mustang be an educational tool? It could be used to create interest in the history and legacy of the first black military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, who flew this type of airplane during World War II. Their story is rarely mentioned in schools even though they had a unique role in 20th century American history.

Tuskegee Airmen pave the way for future fighters

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Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

Educational Assistance Program

 

The Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. announces it’s 2011 Educational Assistance Program (EAP).  The objective of the EAP is to provide economic assistance to students wishing to continue their personal and academic growth by attending accredited post secondary institutions of higher learning.  The Educational Assistance Program presents financial awards to students who emulate and honor the Tuskegee Airmen.  Successful candidates are students whose accomplishments model the same characteristics demonstrated by the Tuskegee Airmen, order
such as discipline, education, excellence, perseverance and achievement.

The award also supports students whose interest in aviation deserves recognition and mentoring.

The EAP has established two categories of scholarship awards:

 
  • Aviation Training Scholarships $1,000 (2) and $1,500 (1)
    Distribution of the award is based upon acceptance at any accredited institution as a full-time student with an emphasis upon ROTC, aeronautical engineering or aviation training.
  • Merit Scholarships for $1,000 (2) and $1,500 (1)
    Distribution of the award is based upon academic performance in conjunction with school, extra-curricular and community activities.
  • Over the last 7 years, the Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen has awarded over $60,000 in Educational Assistance to Chicago Area students.

The applications must be postmarked by February 25, 2011.  Applications are available via the Chicago Chapter’s web site

The Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated  

National Scholarship Program 2011 

Deadline: February 1, 2010  


Click for Application Form (Adobe Acrobat Format)
(Right-click this link and choose “Save Target As..” to download the file)
 

Chicagoland students should mail the
National Scholarship
Application to:
 

Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen
Educational Assistance Program
P.O. Box 19063
Chicago, IL 60619
 


Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Chicago Chapter
2004-2009 Educational Assistance Program Award Winners
 

2004 Winners
1.  Lynnette Banks:  Whitney M. Young Magnet School to Howard University1
2.  Joseph Battle:  South Shore High School to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign1
3.  Anthony Burks:  Whitney M. Young Magnet School to St. Louis University1.2
4.  Parris Carter:  Westinghouse Career Academy to University of Iowa1
5.  Dominique Covington:   Whitney M. Young Magnet School to Xavier University1
6.  Rosalyn Douglass:  Morgan Park High School to University of Miami1
7.  Tiffany Reynolds:  Curie Metropolitan High School to Langston University1
 

2005 Winners
8.  Joshlean Fair:  Morgan Park High School to Alcorn State University1
9.  Dennis Freeman, Jr.:  Best Practice High School to Purdue University1
10.  Ashley Hardaway:  Hyde Park Academy to Augustana College1
11.  Jasmine Hicks:  Steinmetz Academic Center to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign1
12.  Angel Jacome:  Lane Tech College Prep High School to University of Pennsylvania1
13.  Aaron Rodgers:  Hyde Park Academy to Hampton University2, 3
14.  Dafena Russell:  Lane Tech College Prep High School to DePaul University1
15.  Me’osha Solsberry:  Harlan Community Academic High School to University of Minnesota1
16.  James Tolbert, IV:  Homewood Flossmoor High School to Georgia Institute of Technology1
17.  Andrea Williams:  Lane Tech College Prep High School to Dominican University1
 

2006 Winners
18.  Jocelyn Barnes:  Simeon Career Academy to Western Illinois University1
19  Kathryne Gibbs:  Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to Grand Valley State University1
20.  Alexandria Jordan:  Kenwood Academy to Virginia State University1
21.  Joe Palencia:  Benito Juarez Community Academy to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign2,4
22.  Laura Valdmanis:  Prior Lake High School to Hobart and William Smith Colleges
1

2007 Winners
23.  Darius Ferguson:  Morgan Park High School to University of Missouri Columbia1
24.  Jaleesha Maury:  Big Picture High School to Eastern Illinois University1
25.  Marcus Thomas Jr.:  Hales Franciscan High School to -University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign1
26.  Zaynaib OLamide Giwa:  Lane Tech High School University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign1
27.  Adam Addams:  Chicago Military Academy Bronzeville to University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign1,2
28.  Nelson German:  Homewood Flossmoor to Florida A&M University1
29.  Kristian Ashley King:  Bogan Computer Tech to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, Minneapolis1
30.  Noel Susberry:  Morgan Park High School to Duke University1
31.  Derrick B. Clifton:  Walter Payton College Prep to Loyola University Chicago1
32.  Robert H. Bates:  St. Ignatius College Prep to Loyola University Chicago1
33.  Talia L. Smith:  John Hope College Prep to Hampton University1
34.  Martin German:  Homewood Flossmoor to Florida A & M University1
35.  Christine M. Weathersby:  Gwendolyn Brooks to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1
36.  Rodrick Grant:  Hirsch Metro to -Western Illinois University1
 

2008 Winners
37.  Lydia Mari Johnson:  West Side High School Gary to Butler University1
38. Winford Parker:  West Side High School Gary to Butler University1
39.  Shannon R. Dixon:  West Side High School Gary to Indiana University – Bloomington1,3
40.  Kimberly M. Brown:  West Side High School Gary to Indiana State University3
41.  Asia Danzy:  West Side High School Gary to Indiana State University1
42.  Joshua Chestang:  Homewood Flossmoor to Howard University2
43.  Nunera Amun:  Harlan Community Academy to Bethune – Cookman University3
44.  Ashle Robinson:  Gwendolyn Brooks to University of Missouri – Columbia3
 

2009 Winners
45.  Ana C. Aguilera:  Northside Prep High School to Boston University
46.  Shaobo Hou:  Amundsen High School to University of Illinois
47.  Shanice Jones:  John Hancock High School to University of Illinois
48.  LaTonia T. Porter:  Simeon Career Academy High School to Western Illinois University
 

1Winner of an Educational Assistance Program Merit Award
2Winner of a Dr. Andrew S. Perez Aviation Award
3Winner of a Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation Scholarship
4Winner of a Lonely Eagle Scholarship
 


 

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. – Chicago Chapter
Educational Assistance Program Application

Young Eagle Scholarship Hotline:  312-409-5621

**Postmark Deadline – February 25, 2011**

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Objectives of the Educational Assistance Program  

The Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. has established the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) to grant financial awards of $1,000 or $1,500 (aviation & engineering majors) to students who demonstrate the qualities of the 15,000 African Americans who received aviation training at Tuskegee Alabama from 1941 – 1948.  Applicants should exemplify:

  • Vision of their own potential
  • Commitment to excellence, perseverance and service
  • Thirst for knowledge, personal growth and positive societal change
  • Honor and Integrity in actions and behaviors
  • Respect for self, others and the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Eligibility and Application Criteria  

The Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. will provide awards to qualified high school seniors who will attend an accredited institution as a full-time student the fall of the succeeding school year.  The following criteria must be met:

  • High school graduation in the spring of the current school year
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT composite of 18 or higher and/or SAT equivalent.
Application and Submission Requirements  

Prior to a face-to-face interview with the Educational Assistance Committee, the entire application package is evaluated.  Before mailing, the applicant should verify the completeness of the package by verifying the following:

  • Completed application
  • High school transcript, evidencing a 3.0 grade point average
  • An essay, double-spaced on one (1) page titled “The Tuskegee Airmen”
  • An essay, double-spaced on two (2) pages titled “I Am”
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other academic official
  • One letter of recommendation from a non-academic individual or professional
Congratulations!  

The Educational Assistance Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. congratulations you on your decision to pursue higher education.  We look forward to receiving your completed application and recommend you make copies of all documents before mailing.

Also, please notify the following individual via email that application has been mailed:

CMSgt Richardson:  email cmsrichardson@aol.com.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

The Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated  

National Scholarship Program 2011 

Deadline: February 1, 2010  


Click for Application Form (Adobe Acrobat Format)
(Right-click this link and choose “Save Target As..” to download the file)
 

Chicagoland students should mail the
National Scholarship
Application to:
 

Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen
Educational Assistance Program
P.O. Box 19063
Chicago, IL 60619
 


Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Chicago Chapter
2004-2009 Educational Assistance Program Award Winners
 

2004 Winners
1.  Lynnette Banks:  Whitney M. Young Magnet School to Howard University1
2.  Joseph Battle:  South Shore High School to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign1
3.  Anthony Burks:  Whitney M. Young Magnet School to St. Louis University1.2
4.  Parris Carter:  Westinghouse Career Academy to University of Iowa1
5.  Dominique Covington:   Whitney M. Young Magnet School to Xavier University1
6.  Rosalyn Douglass:  Morgan Park High School to University of Miami1
7.  Tiffany Reynolds:  Curie Metropolitan High School to Langston University1
 

2005 Winners
8.  Joshlean Fair:  Morgan Park High School to Alcorn State University1
9.  Dennis Freeman, Jr.:  Best Practice High School to Purdue University1
10.  Ashley Hardaway:  Hyde Park Academy to Augustana College1
11.  Jasmine Hicks:  Steinmetz Academic Center to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign1
12.  Angel Jacome:  Lane Tech College Prep High School to University of Pennsylvania1
13.  Aaron Rodgers:  Hyde Park Academy to Hampton University2, 3
14.  Dafena Russell:  Lane Tech College Prep High School to DePaul University1
15.  Me’osha Solsberry:  Harlan Community Academic High School to University of Minnesota1
16.  James Tolbert, IV:  Homewood Flossmoor High School to Georgia Institute of Technology1
17.  Andrea Williams:  Lane Tech College Prep High School to Dominican University1
 

2006 Winners
18.  Jocelyn Barnes:  Simeon Career Academy to Western Illinois University1
19  Kathryne Gibbs:  Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to Grand Valley State University1
20.  Alexandria Jordan:  Kenwood Academy to Virginia State University1
21.  Joe Palencia:  Benito Juarez Community Academy to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign2,4
22.  Laura Valdmanis:  Prior Lake High School to Hobart and William Smith Colleges
1

2007 Winners
23.  Darius Ferguson:  Morgan Park High School to University of Missouri Columbia1
24.  Jaleesha Maury:  Big Picture High School to Eastern Illinois University1
25.  Marcus Thomas Jr.:  Hales Franciscan High School to -University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign1
26.  Zaynaib OLamide Giwa:  Lane Tech High School University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign1
27.  Adam Addams:  Chicago Military Academy Bronzeville to University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign1,2
28.  Nelson German:  Homewood Flossmoor to Florida A&M University1
29.  Kristian Ashley King:  Bogan Computer Tech to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, Minneapolis1
30.  Noel Susberry:  Morgan Park High School to Duke University1
31.  Derrick B. Clifton:  Walter Payton College Prep to Loyola University Chicago1
32.  Robert H. Bates:  St. Ignatius College Prep to Loyola University Chicago1
33.  Talia L. Smith:  John Hope College Prep to Hampton University1
34.  Martin German:  Homewood Flossmoor to Florida A & M University1
35.  Christine M. Weathersby:  Gwendolyn Brooks to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1
36.  Rodrick Grant:  Hirsch Metro to -Western Illinois University1
 

2008 Winners
37.  Lydia Mari Johnson:  West Side High School Gary to Butler University1
38. Winford Parker:  West Side High School Gary to Butler University1
39.  Shannon R. Dixon:  West Side High School Gary to Indiana University – Bloomington1,3
40.  Kimberly M. Brown:  West Side High School Gary to Indiana State University3
41.  Asia Danzy:  West Side High School Gary to Indiana State University1
42.  Joshua Chestang:  Homewood Flossmoor to Howard University2
43.  Nunera Amun:  Harlan Community Academy to Bethune – Cookman University3
44.  Ashle Robinson:  Gwendolyn Brooks to University of Missouri – Columbia3
 

2009 Winners
45.  Ana C. Aguilera:  Northside Prep High School to Boston University
46.  Shaobo Hou:  Amundsen High School to University of Illinois
47.  Shanice Jones:  John Hancock High School to University of Illinois
48.  LaTonia T. Porter:  Simeon Career Academy High School to Western Illinois University
 

1Winner of an Educational Assistance Program Merit Award
2Winner of a Dr. Andrew S. Perez Aviation Award
3Winner of a Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation Scholarship
4Winner of a Lonely Eagle Scholarship
 


 

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. – Chicago Chapter
Educational Assistance Program Application

Young Eagle Scholarship Hotline:  312-409-5621

**Postmark Deadline – February 25, 2011**

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Objectives of the Educational Assistance Program  

The Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. has established the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) to grant financial awards of $1,000 or $1,500 (aviation & engineering majors) to students who demonstrate the qualities of the 15,000 African Americans who received aviation training at Tuskegee Alabama from 1941 – 1948.  Applicants should exemplify:

  • Vision of their own potential
  • Commitment to excellence, perseverance and service
  • Thirst for knowledge, personal growth and positive societal change
  • Honor and Integrity in actions and behaviors
  • Respect for self, others and the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Eligibility and Application Criteria  

The Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. will provide awards to qualified high school seniors who will attend an accredited institution as a full-time student the fall of the succeeding school year.  The following criteria must be met:

  • High school graduation in the spring of the current school year
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT composite of 18 or higher and/or SAT equivalent.
Application and Submission Requirements  

Prior to a face-to-face interview with the Educational Assistance Committee, the entire application package is evaluated.  Before mailing, the applicant should verify the completeness of the package by verifying the following:

  • Completed application
  • High school transcript, evidencing a 3.0 grade point average
  • An essay, double-spaced on one (1) page titled “The Tuskegee Airmen”
  • An essay, double-spaced on two (2) pages titled “I Am”
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other academic official
  • One letter of recommendation from a non-academic individual or professional
Congratulations!  

The Educational Assistance Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. congratulations you on your decision to pursue higher education.  We look forward to receiving your completed application and recommend you make copies of all documents before mailing.

Also, please notify the following individual via email that application has been mailed:

CMSgt Richardson:  email cmsrichardson@aol.com.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Tuskegee Airmen, advice Inc. – Chicago Chapter
Educational Assistance Program Application

Young Eagle Scholarship Hotline:  312-409-5621

**Postmark Deadline – February 25, 2011**

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Objectives of the Educational Assistance Program  

The Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. has established the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) to grant financial awards of $1,000 or $1,500 (aviation & engineering majors) to students who demonstrate the qualities of the 15,000 African Americans who received aviation training at Tuskegee Alabama from 1941 – 1948.  Applicants should exemplify:

  • Vision of their own potential
  • Commitment to excellence, perseverance and service
  • Thirst for knowledge, personal growth and positive societal change
  • Honor and Integrity in actions and behaviors
  • Respect for self, others and the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Eligibility and Application Criteria  

The Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. will provide awards to qualified high school seniors who will attend an accredited institution as a full-time student the fall of the succeeding school year.  The following criteria must be met:

  • High school graduation in the spring of the current school year
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT composite of 18 or higher and/or SAT equivalent.
Application and Submission Requirements  

Prior to a face-to-face interview with the Educational Assistance Committee, the entire application package is evaluated.  Before mailing, the applicant should verify the completeness of the package by verifying the following:

  • Completed application
  • High school transcript, evidencing a 3.0 grade point average
  • An essay, double-spaced on one (1) page titled “The Tuskegee Airmen”
  • An essay, double-spaced on two (2) pages titled “I Am”
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other academic official
  • One letter of recommendation from a non-academic individual or professional
Congratulations!  

The Educational Assistance Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. congratulations you on your decision to pursue higher education.  We look forward to receiving your completed application and recommend you make copies of all documents before mailing.

Also, please notify the following individual via email that application has been mailed:

CMSgt Richardson:  email cmsrichardson@aol.com.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

Educational Assistance Program

 

The Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. announces it’s 2011 Educational Assistance Program (EAP).  The objective of the EAP is to provide economic assistance to students wishing to continue their personal and academic growth by attending accredited post secondary institutions of higher learning.  The Educational Assistance Program presents financial awards to students who emulate and honor the Tuskegee Airmen.  Successful candidates are students whose accomplishments model the same characteristics demonstrated by the Tuskegee Airmen, such as discipline, education, excellence, perseverance and achievement.

The award also supports students whose interest in aviation deserves recognition and mentoring.

The EAP has established two categories of scholarship awards:

 
  • Aviation Training Scholarships $1,000 (2) and $1,500 (1)
    Distribution of the award is based upon acceptance at any accredited institution as a full-time student with an emphasis upon ROTC, aeronautical engineering or aviation training.
  • Merit Scholarships for $1,000 (2) and $1,500 (1)
    Distribution of the award is based upon academic performance in conjunction with school, extra-curricular and community activities.
  • Over the last 7 years, the Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen has awarded over $60,000 in Educational Assistance to Chicago Area students.

The applications must be postmarked by February 25, 2011.  Applications are available via the Chicago Chapter’s web site

 

Four Tuskegee Airmen who live in the Bay Area remember their fighter pilots days of World War II.

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Mid-air repair of a Jenny Bi-Plane during the 1920s

November 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

 


Take a look at this film.  Fabulous footage,  although grainy due to time and bad equipment in those days compared to today, but what nerve this woman had.

Gladys Ingles was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920s.  Ingles was a wing walker; in this film, she shows her fearlessness in classic barnstorming fashion to save an airplane that has lost one of its main wheels.  Ingles is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back and then off she goes as “Up She Goes,” a duet from the era, provides the soundtrack.  In the film, Ingles transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one missing the main landing gear tire.  She then expertly works herself down to the undercarriage only a few feet from a spinning prop.  It’s certainly a feat many mechanics wouldn’t even try on the ground with the engine running.

For more info on barnstorming pilots and wing walkers of the 1920s see the URL below.
http://www.silverwingswingwalking.com/resource_zone.html

For info on early black aviators such as Bessie Coleman (1st Black American female to receive a pilot’s license);
see the “Black Wings Story” at: http://www.nasm.si.edu/blackwings/hstory/story01b.html

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October 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“SOARIN ABOVE LIMITS”
By Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent

 

Malber Jones, 16, of Chicago barely could contain his excitement. While walking on the tarmac outside Hangar 10 at Palwaukee Community Airport in Wheeling, after going up in a private plane, he felt like he was walking on air. “It was my first time on an airplane,” Jones said excitedly. “We flew all the way to the lake. He let me take the wheel and fly the plane.”

Jones was one of 25 educably mentally handicapped students from Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School in Chicago, who spent the day at Palwaukee as part of a project called “Challenge Air.”

The innovative flying experience is the result of a partnership between members of the Federal Aviation Authority, Signature Flight at Palwaukee, and the Young Eagles pilots who donated their time and planes – to teens with special needs.

The concept was founded in 1993 by Navy Lt. Richard Owen Amber, a top gun fighter pilot who lost the use of his legs when his landing system failed while returning from his 109th combat mission over Vietnam. He started the program to utilize the various occupational, recreational and educational opportunities through flight and inspire challenged young people to soar above their perceived limitations.

“I was sitting up front with the pilot,” added Karla Rosales, 16, of Chicago, who added that the only other time she had been on a plane was when she came to this country from El Salvador. “I really liked to see how the plane worked,” Rosales added. “I got to see how the pilot flies the plane, and I watched him push all the buttons. He let me turn off the engines.”

The students who made the trip were all mildly to moderately impaired. They attend the vocational high school to help prepare them for a job in the community. In between flights students saw displays that included models of the most popular airplanes from the last 100 years, they tried their hand on a desktop flight simulator, and they even saw a real NASA space suit, worn by Capt. Jim Lovell and other Apollo 13 astronauts during practice missions.

“We try to expose them to as many new experiences as possible,” said teacher Holly Kroger. “Every new experience helps them grow.”

Students went up with the pilots in pairs or individually for 20-minute spins. They wore headsets that allowed them to listen to the pilots as they received their instructions from the control tower.

“I never had this when I was a kid, I just used to hang around the airports and hope one of the pilots would take me for a ride,” said Mario Ponton of Chicago, who flies out of the Schaumburg Regional Airport. “It just gives me such joy to see the smiles when these kids get off the plane.” “I’ve had a great time in aviation all my life,” added pilot Russell Shavitz of Arlington Heights, who started in model airplanes before flying the real things. “I just hope these kids get bit by the bug.” In all, five pilots participated, bringing their Cessnas, Pipers and Beechcraft Bonanzas with them. Those students that flew with pilot Ken Rapier of Chicago learned about more than aviation, they learned about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Rapier has painted his Piper Warrior to resemble one of the Tuskegee Airmen’s fighter planes, complete with their distinctive logos painted on the nose and back fuselage, and with the name Tuskegee Airmen and Young Eagles printed on the wings.

“We want to pass on the legacy to the younger generation,” Rapier said. “Not just about aviation, but inspire them to do great things.”

 

BACKGROUND

Ms. Withers is an artist in action whose creative style has earned her numerous awards and recognition. She is a graduate of the College of Dupage with an A.S. Degree in Graphic Arts; and The Art Institute of Colorado Denver CO; with a Bachelor of Arts in Design Management. Her work has been featured in various venues in Chicago,
Detroit and throughout the Denver area where she currently resides. She credits the Denver and Detroit Chapters of Tuskegee Airmen for supplying her with the historical information and subject matter on the history of the Tuskegee Airmen which have provided the subject matter for many of her art projects and interpretative murals.

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Tuskegee museum gets rare World War II plane

October 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF  “THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN EXPERIENCE”

In 1984, television news anchor Tom Brokaw went to France to make a documentary commemorating the 40th anniversary of  the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day) during WWII.  Enraptured, fifteen years later and following hundreds of personal letters and interviews, Brokaw wrote The Greatest Generation, a representative cross-section of the stories he came across. This collection however, is more than a mere chronicle of a tumultuous time, it’s history made personal by a cast of everyday people transformed by extraordinary circumstances: the first women to break the homemaker mold, minorities suffering countless indignities to boldly fight for their country, infantrymen who went on to become some of the most distinguished leaders in the world, small-town kids who became corporate magnates.  It was from this era as representives this “Greatest Generation” that the Tuskegee Airmen have established themselves firmly in the history of American Military Aviation as pioneers and heroes. History records that the Military Air Command considered the training and utilization of “Negro” personnel for military aviation in World War II as a sociological ” military training experiment”. The Air Force did not want to accept Blacks into the Army Air Corps at that time because they, along with a large segment of the White population, believed that Blacks were inherently inferior and lacked the mental aptitude to fly fighter aircraft as well as the courage to fight in combat. It was only through political pressure brought on by the relentless effort of the Black community, with the support of a few sympathetic Whites, that the program to train Black aviators was established at Tuskegee Alabama, in 1941. Despite the burden of discrimination in training and combat, the Tuskegee Airmen achieved an outstanding combat record. They destroyed or damaged over 400 German aircraft and over a thousand ground and sea targets. The most renowned accomplishments were the sinking of a destroyer with only machine gun fire and that the Tuskegee Airmen also had an outstanding bomber escort record. Please see the the bulletin on this subject which may be accessed from our Home Page

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William Loving Willa Brown Welton Taylor Virgil Poole  
Shelby Westbrook Sammy Rayner Roy Chappell Robert Martin  
Richard Highbaugh Quintin Smith Price Rice O Lawton Wilkerson  
Milt Williams Lawrence Clark Laverne Shelton John Rogers  
John Lyle Janet Waterford James Warren James Kennedy  
Julius Echols Hollis Cornelious Henry Hervey Harold Hurd  
Hannibal Cox George Taylor Felix Kilpatrick Earl Strayhorn  
Cornelius Coffy Bev Dunjill Bessie Coleman William Thompson  
Andrew Perez        

 

 

 

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Haitian-Tuskegee Airman Receives Medal – April 6, 2010

October 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

 

Haitian-Tuskegee Airman Receives Medal – April 6, 2010
(A Haitian connection to America’s aviation history)

More than 65 years ago, Raymond Cassagnol, was one of five Haitian-Tuskegee Airmen to earn his pilot wings at Tuskegee Army Air Field (Alabama). The first to graduate, Class 43-G (July1943), today he is the last surviving Haitian-Tuskegee Airman. The efforts of Zellie Rainey Orr in February 2010 led to the location of Cassagnol and procurement of his medal. Videographer, 16 yearold, Nia Haley Orr.

To his knowledge, he’s the last airman remaining of the six Haitians sent for pilot training at Tuskegee Institute inTuskegee, Ala. And he laments that he limited his contacts with that hallowed ground of aviation training history since the war ended. “When you haven’t seen something in a long time, it looks small to the imagination. That’s why Tuskegee is just a ‘remembrance field’ to me now,” he said. “One day, a friend who was in the American military said he saw my picture in the Smithsonian,” Cassagnol said. “I said, ‘I’d like to see that.’ I went, and there it was. Haitians are part of American aviation history.”

Cassagnol was one of three airnen who left Haiti for America in January 1943. He’s still alive, but the others met different fates in life. One was involved in an attack on the Haitian presidential palace in the 1960s. He was killed and dragged through the streets. The other was arrested after he retired. Nobody knew whathappened to him after that.> Source: Article Airman, Feb, 2002 by John B. IV Dendy

Born in Port au Prince on September 20, 1920. In 1942, he enrolled in the Haitian Army, when Elie Lescot government announced the formation of the Haitian Air Force (Corpsd’Aviation). Shortly thereafter, he was assigned to the maintenance department as a mechanic.

His devotion to his work did not go unnoticed by Major Eshelman, director of the Corps. In February 1943, Raymond was given the opportunity to be trained as pilot. With S/Lt. Philippe Celestinand Alix Pasquet, he left Haiti to attend the training at theTuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. He graduated as well as the other officers Fighter Pilots and returned to Haiti to serve his country.

In 1947 he obtained his pilot private commercial license and worked as pilot for the Dauphin Plantation. In the 50’ he ventured in the preparation of lumbers for construction and put together a Lumber factory in the Plateau Central. To provide an adequate support of the-day-to-day operation of the plant, he acquired a small airplane (BT-13) for quick access to Port-au-Prince in less than half hour, instead of the two to three day commute on ground transportation. A field of 1200 feet long was prepared for landing and take off. The authorization to fly given by Cerca-La-Source military center was not an issue and the back and forth over the island by Raymond became routine.

Several members at the Army Headquarters did not like the idea and clearance to fly could only be granted by them in Port au Prince. It became harder and harder for Raymond to obtain the authorization to fly and the airplane was most of the time on the ground and was becoming a burden for the factory. To avoid further complication, Raymond decided to sell the BT-13 to the only possible buyer, the Aviation Corps of Haiti. The field used as one way, so beneficial short and long term to the community and the region was left abandoned. The airplane was used by the Corpsd”Aviation in the transport of mail and passengers for a long time thereafter.

On October 08, 1962 fearing for his life as well as his family’s safety, Raymond crossed the Dominican border to seek political asylum. The assassination of Truijilo several months earlier made it possible. On May 1969, Raymond was one of the pilots of theB-25 that dropped the bombs over Duvalier in the National palace. (See a page of History May 20, 1964)The Raymond Cassagnol’s book, Mémoires d’un Révolutionnairel; “A slice of the Haitian political life 1937 to 1988 (http://www.fordi9.com/Pages/AffairCassagnol.htm)