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During the “Tuskegee Experience” there were 44 classes to graduate

In March 7, 1942, the first class of Single Engine (SE) pilots (42-C-SE) graduated five cadets:¬†George ‘Spanky’ Roberts (Back Row,Center) and Mac Ross (Back Row Right) were two of the 11 West Virginia State College graduates to be accepted to the Tuskegee Institute. They would be in a class of 13 where they would become part of the five who would graduate to become the first Tuskegee Airmen. Lt. Roberts was made the Commanding Officer of the 99th Pursuit Squadron (99th Fighter Squadron in May 1942) and Lt. Ross was appointed Commanding Officer of the 100th Pursuit Squadron (100th Fighter Squadron in May 1942). Roberts would fly over 100 missions and Ross would be killed in action over Europe.

The Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site invite you to experience the amazing history of the Tuskegee Airmen at the National Historic Site at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama.

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The first all-black pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group (also known as the Tuskegee Airmen) trained at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Moton Field was the only primary flight facility for black pilot candidates in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. It was named for Robert Russa Moton, second president of Tuskegee Institute. Moton Field was built between 1940-42 with funding from the Julius Rosenwald Fund to provide primary flight training under a contract with the U.S. military. Staff from Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Alabama, provided assistance in selecting and mapping the site. Architect Edward C. Miller and engineer G. L. Washington designed many of the structures.

The Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site invite you to experience the amazing history of the Tuskegee Airmen at the National Historic Site at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. www.friendsoftuskegeeairmennhs.org

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