GROUND EXHIBITS OF 2019
Check out GREAT displays on the ground!
From veterans recounting their times in the military, to interactive displays.
There's something new for everyone of every age to learn and enjoy!
The Tuskegee Airmen
Due to the rigid pattern of segregation that prevailed in the United States during World War II, the training of 926 African American military aviators was concentrated at an isolated, specially constructed Army airfield near Tuskegee, Alabama, and at
Eugene J. Richardson, Jr. was among them. Born in Cleveland, Ohio September 18, 1925, Eugene dreamed of flying planes from a young age. WWII provided the opportunity for Eugene’s dreams to come true. He went to Tuskegee in January, 1944 and completed flight training in March, 1945 and was commissioned 2nd Lt. in class 45A at the Tuskegee Army Air Field, Alabama. He then went to Waterboro Army Air Field, South Carolina for combat training in April 1945. There he flew the P-40 and P-47 type aircraft. The war in Europe ended in May 1945. The war with Germany ended a few weeks after his graduation, before he had a chance to fly a combat mission. He was discharged in June 1946. Being a Tuskegee Airman was a highly coveted achievement in the segregated American life of the 1940s. And for Richardson, it fulfilled an ambition he had held since childhood.
History of Greenwood Lake’s 'Connie'
In 1976, Frank Lembo Enterprises (owner of the Greenwood Lake Airport) bought the Connie for $45,000, intending to use her as a restaurant & lounge. By 1981, the interior had been completed, a stairway built and large doorways cut into the fuselage, port front, and starboard-rear. The restaurant was unsuccessful, but the Connie has since been used as a pilot shop, a flight school office, and display aircraft. For more history, photos, and a video of the famed Connie landing at the Greenwood Lake Airport, go to www.greenwoodlakeairport.com.
Enjoy a tour of the Connie!