FRESNO, CA—The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II were the pilots, navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs, nurses, and cooks; however, it would be the pilots who were the first to risk their lives, the first to go into air-combat missions for the US Army Air Forces. They were known as The Red Tails.
Racially segregated and not recognized as full citizens in the United States, all of these African-American men of the military risked their lives for American Citizens.
Luckily their story will continue to be told through venues such as the African-American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley (AAHCMSJV) on arthop night, Feb. 7, and Saturdays February 16, 23 to Friday, March 1.
The Red Tail Exhibit: “The Mobile Showcase Exhibit,” was created by artist Leroy “Buddy” Gibson with the intent to provide mentorship for youth and knowledge of the Tuskegee Airmen’s contributions as African Americans in World War II.
The exhibit is based upon the heroics of the 99th Fighter Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group, and their support staff, commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
Tours are from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Sat., Feb. 16 and 23 and Friday, Mar. 1 at the African-American Museum located at 1857 Fulton St., Fresno, CA 93721. Tours during the week are by appointment only: 559-544-1857.