Forgotten History: Lecture on Black Aviators


From left to right: 92 year old Tuskegee Airman Marshall Knox, Tyrone Haymore, the director and co-founder of the Robbins History Museum, Keneth Rapier, president of the Tuskegee Airmen’s Chicago “DODO” Chapter, and Pastor Bill Winston, who served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot, talking about the forgotten history of Black aviators at the DuSable Muesum of African American History on Sept. 8, 2011. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

Chicagoland aviators, aviation enthusiasts and aviation historians descended on the DuSable Museum of African American History on Sept. 8 “to talk about and pay tribute to the endeavors of the great pioneers of flight, from Bessie Coleman and the Tuskegee Airmen to present day history-makers.”

The lecture entitled “The Sky is Not the Limit” focused on the legacy of African Americans in aviation and aerospace. The panelists included an original Tuskegee Airman — one of the pioneering African American soldiers who flew in World War II. The panelists talked about how they got interested in becoming pilots and how it was for African American pilots during their service in the U.S military.
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