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Living History Day – The Tuskegee Airmen
he renowned Tuskegee Airmen and their successors in the U.S. Air Force broke many barriers. Originally aided by Eleanor Roosevelt and others who supported the aspirations of blacks to fly in the military, the group went on to set many types of combat and other records during World War II. After the war struggles awaited, but in spite of the obstacles the next generation of airmen continued to shatter barriers. Researcher/Historian, Zellie Orr, will tell the story of how the 332nd Fighter Group won the first USAF Worldwide (Conventional Class) Aerial Gunnery Competition in 1949, and how fifty-five years later, she located the “missing” (3-ft high) trophy presented them. Panelists will discuss their aviation experiences and stories to round out this discussion.