"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.
Tuskegee Airmen visit legendary Moton Field
September 16, 2012
As a primary flight instructor, Capt. Platte trained over 300 pilots and was the first Black officer trained and commissioned in the Air Force Pilot Training Program at Randolph Air Force Base. SSgt Hogues, a mechanic, earned airplane and engine mechanics military badges and was invited to participate in President Harry S. Truman's inaugural parade.
A member of the 447th Bombardment Group, Flt Ofcr McDaniel was also involved in "The Freeman Field Officer Club Incident" that eventually led to integration of all officer's clubs and other military facilities. JBWOL was established in 2008 by two-time Olympic Skier, former NFL football player and Colorado native Jeremy Bloom in living honor of his grandmother, Donna Wheeler. Bloom left competitive sports to launch the foundation and initiate cultural change by enriching the lives of seniors.