Legacy Flight Academy
The LEGACY Flight Academy (LFA) is a unique, two-week aviation experience for students age 16-19 who have already demonstrated a sincere interest in aviation. Based in historic Tuskegee, Alabama, the LFA seeks to inspire minority youth towards a military career in aviation, following in the legacy of the pioneering Tuskegee Airmen. Students will reside on campus at Tuskegee University and will receive flight instruction at Moton Field – the same site where the Tuskegee Airmen first trained over 70 years ago.
In a word, the Tuskegee Airmen LEGACY is in jeopardy! Current statistics show that African-American represent less than 2% of pilots in both the military and commercial airlines (click here for references, military; commercial*). The Tuskegee Airmen “Experiment” that began over 70 years ago certainly succeeded, but seeing as how there were almost 1000 black aviators in the Army Air Corps at the end of WWII, the fact that there are only approximately 300 black pilots in the Air Force today highlights the concern for upholding this cherished LEGACY.
Beyond sustaining this LEGACY in the air is the necessity to foster the character of the Tuskegee Airmen in today’s youth. “Competence, courage, commitment and capacity” – the words on the statue at the US Air Force Academy – only begin to describe this extraordinary group of Americans. The values espoused by the Tuskegee Airmen are worth emulating and the LFA seeks to do just that. Know the LEGACY… Live the LEGACY… Grow the LEGACY.