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Living History Veterans

Tuskeegee Airmen
"Tuskegee Airmen" refers to all who were involved in the so-called "Tuskegee Experience", the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air. The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps to become America’s first black military airmen.
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The CAF Redtail Squadron's P51 will be performing a demonstration during the show. During the performance you will hear a brief narrative about the P51 and the Tuskegee Airmen. Below is a brief history on the Tuskegee Airmen: 
 
Like so many others in the late 1930s, the young black Americans who would become known as the Tuskegee Airmen were full of patriotic zeal and eager to serve in the military as the war in Europe and Asia intensified.  What set them apart was that they wanted to fight the enemy from the air as pilots, something that black people had never been allowed to do before.
 
Many applied to U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) flight training program, but all were initially rejected because of the color of their skin – all branches of the U.S. military were deeply segregated. 1940, under the pressure from black activists, the press, other political groups, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the USAAC reversed its position on accepting black flight program applicants. However, the brass was not fully committed to this change and anticipated that the program would fail spectacularly.  The Army’s decisions about blacks in its ranks were still influenced by a 1925 Army War College report called The Use of Negro Manpower in War. The 67-page report was full of cruel and untrue generalizations about the behavior of black men during wartime and the black race in general. The new program’s cadets were determined to create a record of excellence during their training and future war service so there could be no doubt about their value as patriots and aviators.  

Greenwood Lake Air Show  is a rain or shine event, but the safety of pilots and attendees is paramount. Inclement weather may occasionally delay flying activities, but every effort will be made to produce the afternoon air show unless safety margins cannot be met.
Greenwood Lake Airport
126 Airport Rd.
West Milford, NJ 07480