Upon hearing as an adult about who the Tuskegee Airmen were, Paul Love was angry that the heroes were left out of the history books taught to him as a child.
Determined to spread the word about the forgotten black World War II airmen, Love became a self-taught expert and contributes his model Tuskegee Airmen planes to exhibits in Chicago and Detroit to give an accurate visual of the red-tailed aircrafts.
In some ways, Love has carried on that tradition on a miniature scale as he is sometimes forced to hand-paint the patches and patterns onto the plane because most Tuskegee graphics are not sold as decals.
He began making his planes in 2012 when one of his early models was displayed in Grand Rapids. Since then, he’s had seven planes displayed at the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum in Detroit, where he is a docent.