The Tuskegee Airmen played a critical role in breaking down racial barriers in America that continue to this day.

Their legacy is being continued through the award of a $500,000 grant from the FAA to the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum that to train students to be pilots and work in other aviation careers. Detroit is the only site in Michigan selected to receive the award. 

Brian Smith, President of the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum stated “This effort will allow us to build on the rich legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen by building a better future for the next generation of students who will become airplane pilots, drone pilots, aerospace engineers etc. Right now, there’s a kid dreaming of flying who may come here and go on to become an astronaut. You never know how far your dreams will take you. This grant will make dreams come true.”  

The Tuskegee Airmen was the American military’s first all African American fighter pilot squadron. The national museum in Detroit honors the bravery and history of the pilots and crews who served with distinction in WWII. The museum has three locations in Detroit: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Historic Fort Wayne and Detroit City Airport. 

Museum officials will host a press conference on March 10 to unveil details of the program and how interested students may sign up. Currently, the museum is training 20 students in its program. The next class will have 30 students starting May 18. Students will also have an opportunity to sign up for aviation summer camps that kick off in June. 

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