Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor aims to honor military aviators and educate the public about their heroic deeds. Located on historic Ford Island near Honolulu, HI, this aviation museum consists of two massive airplane hangars that survived the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that spurred the United States to enter World War II. These hangars contain artifacts and exhibits representing key parts of aviation history, including the Tuskegee Airmen.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Shares 4 Facts About The Tuskegee Airmen
1. They Were Fighter & Bomber Pilots
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American volunteer aviators who made up the 477th Bombardment Group and the 332nd Fighter Group. They were the first black airmen in the United States Army Air Forces and had one of the most successful records for escorting bombers during World War II.
2. Their Name Comes From Their Training Ground
The Tuskegee Airmen all attended Tuskegee University in Alabama and trained at Moton Field, which was called Tuskegee Army Air Field at the time. Five Haitian pilots and one Trinidadian pilot also joined their ranks.
3. They Deployed To Europe
The 477th Bombardment Group never served in combat, but the 332nd Fighter Group deployed to Italy in 1944 under the command of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the first African-American general officer in the United States Air Force.
4. They Had Eleanor Roosevelt’s Support
During World War II, the American military was racially segregated, and the Tuskegee Airmen faced discrimination in and out of the Army; however, they had the support of Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1941, when the budding flight program was just five months old, the First Lady flew with the chief instructor, who had been flying since 1929. The flight served as a publicity boost for the program, and it received the funding necessary to complete Moton Field.
The history of World War II is rife with stories of awe-inspiring deeds performed by the Tuskegee Airmen and other military aviators. You can learn more about them at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, HI. Visit their website to view their exhibits. If you live in or will be visiting Hawaii, call (808) 441-1000 or go online to purchase aviation museum tickets.