The Tuskegee Airmen were America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. They are best known for the extraordinary efforts in the air war of World War II, and for challenging the stereotypes that had kept black Americans from serving as pilots in the U.S. Armed Forces. Here you will find in-depth, historically accurate information about the Tuskegee Airmen. Expand your knowledge and be inspired!
The Tuskegee Airmen
*NOTE: The term “Tuskegee Airmen” is not an official USAF definition, but was invented by Charles Francis when he wrote his 1955 book with that title, the USAF does not define the term, and does not determine who is or is not a Tuskegee Airman.
Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated (TAI) defines a Tuskegee Airman as anyone involved in the Tuskegee Airmen experience, who belonged to their units or who were assigned to the installations where their units were assigned, whether those personnel were black or white, male or female. By the TAI definition, the nurses at Tuskegee Army Air Field would be both Tuskegee nurses and Tuskegee Airmen who happened to be nurses.
A special thanks to Dr. Daniel Haulman, Chief, Organizational Histories Branch of the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama for providing historical resources and guidance to ensure accuracy. Haulman is a co-author of The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 published by NewSouth Books and author of many historical papers on the Tuskegee Airmen published by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. All archival photos are courtesy of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.