In The Tuskegee Airmen, Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly have composed an enduring homage to the groundbreaking achievements of these men and women. Using photos provided by the Tuskegee Airmen and their families, the Smithsonian Institution, and NASA, the authors bring to life the trials and triumphs of the Tuskegee Experience. In these more enlightened times, we can relive the struggles of those African-Americans who wanted to serve, who demanded equality, and who yearned to fly.
The Tuskegee Airmen, Alabama (Images of America Series)by Lynn M. Homan, Thomas Reilly
In 1941, Tuskegee, Alabama, was selected as the site of an important new development in military training. For the first time, black Americans were to be allowed to serve their country as members of the United States Army Air Corps. During its five-year history, Tuskegee Army Air Field was home to almost 1,000 African-American pilots. More than 10,000 black men
In 1941, Tuskegee, Alabama, was selected as the site of an important new development in military training. For the first time, black Americans were to be allowed to serve their country as members of the United States Army Air Corps. During its five-year history, Tuskegee Army Air Field was home to almost 1,000 African-American pilots. More than 10,000 black men and women served as their vital support personnel. Together, they filled the ranks of the 99th Fighter
Squadron, the 332nd Fighter Group, and the 477th
Bombardment Group. Their remarkable achievements at home and overseas destroyed stereotypes and helped to bring about the eventual integration of the United States military. Under the harsh restrictions of segregation, the African-Americans both trained and served together, and in this forced isolation, developed unbreakable bonds .
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Lynn Homan and Thomas Reilly have put together an excellent, exciting, comprehensive, and extremely valuable contribution to the collection of the lore of the Tuskegee Airmen. Without any doubt, it is by far the most complete photographic study of these 20th century American heroes. This is American history at its best. The book does an excellent job of describing what the authors have described as the Tuskegee Experience which was comprised not just of the pilots that flew to distinction in Europe during World War II. Mechanics, armorers, the band, women; fifteen people were required to keep one combat fighter pilot in the air. Is this a good read? You bet it is. A finely crafted introduction expertly sets the stage for the almost two hundred photographs in the book. Each photographic caption tells an enlightening and well-researched story. If you read only one book on the subject, The Tuskegee Airmen by Lynn Homan and Thomas Reilly is the one to read.