Tuskegee Airmen Gallery Guide – National Museum of U.S.A.F.

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Reflecting American society and law at the time, the U.S. military remained racially segregated during World War II. Most African American soldiers and sailors were restricted to labor battalions or other support positions. One experiment in the U.S. Army Air Forces, however, demonstrated conclusively that African Americans – if given equal opportunities and training – could fly in, command and support combat units as well as anyone. These men, known as the “Tuskegee Airmen,” served with distinction in combat, and they contributed to the eventual integration of the U.S. armed services, with the U.S. Air Force leading the way.

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