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By Samuel L. Broadnax

On the age of seventeen, Samuel L. Broadnax, enamored with flying, enlisted and proficient as a pilot on the Tuskegee military Air Base. even if he left the Air Corps on the finish of the second one global struggle, his reviews encouraged him to speak with different pilots and black pioneers of aviation. Blue Skies, Black Wings recounts the heritage of African american citizens within the skies from the very beginnings of manned flight.From Charles Wesley Peters, who flew his personal airplane in 1911, and Eugene Bullard, a black American pilot with the French in global struggle I, to the 1945 Freeman box mutiny opposed to segregationist rules within the Air Corps, Broadnax paints a bright photo of the folks who fought oppression to make the skies their very own. (20080325)

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Julian had accumulated reams of newspaper accounts of his aerial daredevil deeds, and he was not in the least reluctant to show off his press-worthy accomplishments at the drop of a hat. At the end of eight months all 300 men graduated and boarded a troop train for Tuskegee. They arrived on the very night the 99th Pursuit Squadron was finally shipping out for its point of debarkation in New York. When McLaurin’s wife first arrived at Tuskegee from Mississippi, she was stuck in the little box of a train station at Chehaw for six hours because the sheriff refused to help her or even call the base for someone to know that she was there.

Part of the report by, the official site board indicates very clearly the direction of Air Corps thinking when it gave the okay to Ft. Davis. “The close proximity of Tuskegee Institute makes this site ideal for the training of Negroes, since that Institute furnishes many precepts and examples in conduct and attitude. It is a center of Negro learning and culture, and it has temporary accommodations for Negro personnel. ” “Tuskegee (the town) is predominantly white, while Tuskegee Institute is naturally entirely a Negro community.

Wilson later took the cadet examination again but after passing it he refused to accept it because of the treatment he had seen given to blacks. At this point Wilson decided to accept a promotion to Warrant Officer because of his training at Chanute and the Chicago Institute. While at Tuskegee, he had finished the instrument pilot instructor’s school at Bryan Air Base, Texas, and had received his pilot’s wings after 70 hours of training in an AT-10 twin-engine trainer. Wilson recalled only one serious racial problem at Tuskegee.

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