The Tuskegee Airmen were an elite group of pilots, ground crew and support staff that were pioneers in equality and integration of the Armed Forces. No U.S. military pilots had been black prior to the Tuskegee Airmen, The Army Air Corps was required to form an all-black combat unit in 1941 through Congressional legislation. The War Department set up a system to accept only those with a high level of flight experience or higher education that they expected would be hard to fill. The Air Corps received an abundance of applications from men who had already participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, which the Tuskegee Institute had participated in since 1939.
The Tuskegee program officially began with formation of the 99th Fighter Squadron at the Tuskegee Institute in June 1941. The Tuskegee Institute was a highly regarded institute founded by Booker T. Washington, through the work of Lewis Adams and George W. Campbell in Tuskegee, Alabama.
After basic training at Moton Field, they were moved to nearby Tuskegee Army Air Field about 10 miles west, for conversion training onto operational types of aircraft. The Airmen were placed under the command of Captain Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., one of the few African American West Point graduates. His father Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was the first black General in the U.S. Army.
There is a mistake in the build instuctions for this kit. Part number 33 should be labeled 49 and part number 34 should be labeled 48 to match with the appropriate parts in the tree numbered 48 and 49.
- Finely recessed panel lines
- Over 60 parts
- Optional tires (weighted and unweighted)
- Optional canopy (Standard or Malclom hood)
- Decals for 4 different mustangs.
- Protected decals and clear parts
- Detailed instruction sheet
- Detailed Painting Instructions