The CAF Red Tail Squadron is proud to offer educational outreach resources to help educate and inspire people of all ages with the remarkable lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen. Interested in learning from other credible resources? Check out these links to other organizations featuring interesting educational offerings, recommended by your friends at the CAF Red Tail Squadron. All resources are free, unless otherwise noted.
Further information about the details of the history of the Tuskegee Airmen can be found in the research papers of Dr. Daniel Haulman, who retired as Chief of the Organizational Histories Branch of the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base after having worked 37 years there. He continues to research and write history. Dr. Haulman is author of The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology: A Detailed Timeline of the Red Tails and Other Black Pilots of World War II and co-author of The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 published by NewSouth Books and author of many historical papers on the Tuskegee Airmen published by the Air Force Historical Research Agency, some of which he has made available here.
Learn more by reading the academic research papers below.
See the entire list of Dr. Haulman’s body of work on the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and where to find his published papers and books.
Online Education Resources
STEM Activities and Games It’s really important to learn about the four STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and math. Knowing a lot about these subjects will help you in school, and it can also help you to get a job once you’re an adult.
Lucasfilm Ltd featuring the documentary Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War accompanied by an all-new educational curriculum guide created by educator Vivett Dukes. The guide is a learning tool developed for English Language Arts classrooms, grades 6-12, and includes a wide range of options for the virtual or physical classroom.
Youth Initiative Mentoring Academies (YIMA) YIMA is a non-profit organization which develops and conducts specially focused academies for at-risk youth, to develop competence, increase confidence and recognize potential through engaging them in educational and leadership training while receiving role modeling and mentoring from selected adult participants enrolled in the same focused academy.
S.T.E.M. Education Through Aviation Students of all ages learn science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M) through designing, building, and flying their own virtual airplanes. The software, including curricula and training, costs less than a few dollars per student annually.
The National Archives – African Americans of World War II Gallery Find an incredible treasure trove of photos of African Americans in service during World War II.
National World War II Museum – Fighting for the Right to Fight Participate in an on-demand virtual field trip featuring important historical lessons of the African American experiences of World War II.
Air Force Historical Research Agency Search and find information about all aspects of military history, including extensive research by Tuskegee Airmen historian Dr. Daniel Haulman.
The Tuskegee Airmen Nurses The Tuskegee Airmen were not the only ones making history at the Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) in Tuskegee, Alabama during the 1940s. The nurses who served on the base had to fight gender as well as racial discrimination.
Fly to Learn A fun and unique way to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through the use of flight simulator software. Purchase required.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – African Americans in Aviation: The 1940’s – A Decade of Change This lesson will guide students to explore the challenges and successes of African American pioneers who established a place in aviation and the space industry for subsequent generations.
The United States Mint – Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal Learn more about the features of the Congressional Gold Medal that was collectively awarded to the Tuskegee airmen in 2006.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery Explore the formative years of aviation, including the technology and people behind the rapidly growing flight industry, and participate in fun online activities.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum – The Tuskegee Airmen and Eleanor Roosevelt See copies of the original correspondence between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Tuskegee Airmen Cecil Peterson.
National Black Chamber of Commerce – “I Got Wings” by Tuskegee Airman Charles DeBow Read a reprint of a July 1942 article in American Magazine featuring Lt Charles DeBow’s first-hand narrative of his experience as a Tuskegee Airmen in the U.S. Army Air Force.
National Park Service – Before Their Tails Were Red Learn about the Tuskegee Airmen and participate in online activities, courtesy of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama.
The National Air and Space Museum’s web site offers the teacher guide African American Pioneers in Aviation: 1920- Present as well as free teacher resource materials, online activities for students, and information about school tours.
Organization of Black Airline Pilots OBAP is dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers. Learn more about scholarships, training, mentorship and youth-focused aviation programs.
Legacy Flight Academy Find out about workshops and camps for youth interested in aviation and aerospace industry careers, based on the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Real African American Heroes site offers information on astronauts and other aviators.
The Tuskegee Airmen International site offers a history of the Tuskegee experience and photographs of the planes the airmen flew. It also lists local chapters of the organization.