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If your organization or school would like to host an appearance by the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen and a showing of either of the documentaries below, please contact us at:

“Double Victory, the ideal companion piece to “Red Tails,” is a documentary which chronicles the true events and experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen and includes historical interviews with surviving members. During a period when America was still firmly locked in the grip of segregation, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators allowed to fly and fight on behalf of the United States. With their courage and perseverance, they started a chain reaction that paved the way for the America that we presently live in today.
“Who Says Black Men Can’t Fly?”, is a documentary of the Chicago Chapter of TAI (CDCTAI) which includes interviews of Chicago area Original Tuskegee Airmen as well as information on CDCTAI’s aviation programs for youth. This film was produced in 2009 by Governor’s State University as a filmmaking project for some of the University’s highly talented students. The Interviewer for the documentary was Merceded Kane; the Editor was Cory Hooper; and the Videography was done by Jeff Fisher. We are grateful to GSU for the production of this film, which addresses the question “Who Says Black Men Can’t Fly.”


The Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy is a week-long summer camp program held at Lewis University every summer. The ACE Camp is designed to introduce inner city students,
age 13 thru 18, to flying and aviation related careers. Academy participants learn about the world of aviation by participating in classroom activities and field trips.

ACE Academy Participants . . .

The camp is a collaborative effort between the Federal Aviation Administration; Lewis University; the Organization of Black Airline Pilots; the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees; the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc, Omega Airport Transportation Company and several other area businesses are supporting organizations.


This year there are 20 slots available in the ACE Academy. Slots will be filled first with students who have never attended an ACE Academy. In addition interested students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 13 years old by June 15, 2015
  • Have at least a “C” Average
  • Be physically fit to participate in camp activities
  • Be interested in aviation!


ACE Academy tuition is $400.00 and is to be when a student is notified of acceptance. The tuition covers meals, field trip transportation, and other Academy activities.


An application for a slot in the 2015 Lewis University ACE Academy is downloadable on this site. Otherwise, an application can be obtained by contacting Michael Julius, Lewis University ACE Camp Co-Director (773) 884 – 3655, also, via email Michael.A.Julius@FAA.GOV

Students who meet the eligibility requirements must complete and return the application by May 15, 2015.


Michael Julius
ACE Academy Coordinator
FAA Lewis University ACE Academy
Midway Air Traffic Control Tower
6200 S. Laramie AVE
Chicago, IL 60638

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