• 2017 National Youth Academy

    Hosted by Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum

    From July 24th to 28th of 2017, Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum will host a one-week program to introduce student participants to the historical impact of the Tuskegee Airmen experience, aviation applications in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, aviation careers, and social studies and language arts. A tailor made 5-day curriculum includes introduction/orientation, homework/lesson assignments, field trips, in-the-air flight instruction, and team presentations.

    The National Youth Academy for the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. objectives, tied directly to the mission and goals of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., are to provide multiple opportunities for youth participants to:

    (1) Develop or expand an awareness of the impact and contributions of lesser-known pioneering minority aviators on international history;

    (2) understand the roles of aviation in affecting everyday life and community;

    (3) Gain exposure to the field of aviation and careers in the aerospace industry;

    (4) Explore fields in aviation and technology as a catalyst for advanced and continued education; and

    (5) Gain an appreciation of the story and lessons of America’s first Black military aviators, the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and their legacy of determination, education, perseverance and patience as necessary skills in achieving success in the face of overwhelming obstacles.

    Participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy the hands-on interaction, behind the scenes exposure, in-depth discussions and a planned introductory training flight, as well as experience a cost-free week of fun, mentorship, and camaraderie! Youth applicants will be accepted on “first come, first served” basis, as received through submissions to program officials (see below), in addition to local chapter selectees as seminar participants to the limits of available funding. Participant lodging, food, and transportation to all event sites and any event fees, during the period of the program, will be paid by TAI.  The target age group is 12-17 years.

    Application 2017 National Youth Program

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    DONATE TO THE TAI NATIONAL YOUTH ACADEMY

    Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, or TAM for short, is building replacements for an aging workforce in high demand STEM fields such as aviation and aeronautics.  The aviation industry is reaching what some call “The Perfect Storm.” This refers to the projected retirement of over 1 million aviation professionals in the next 10 years according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The result is an overwhelming demand for young aviators. TAM produces experienced pilots, mechanics, and engineers currently taking their industries by storm, and plans to expand to meet the demands of the aviation industry.

    TAM uses aviation in its after-school educational programs as an alternative to self-destructive behaviors such as gang violence and drug abuse.  These programs start students on the path to success at a young age, giving them a leg up when they join their desired industry. See what TAM is all about at www.tamuseum.org.

  • 2017 Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated National Military Awards

    All submissions must be received by 1700 CST 31 May 2017

    1. The purpose of this solicitation message is to request nominations for the 2017 Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated National Military Awards.
    2. Award recipients will be recognized August 3 – 5, 2017 at the 46th Annual Tuskegee Airmen National Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
    3. Eligibility: active component, reserve or guard members serving in any Branch of the US armed services. Awards will be presented to outstanding military members regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or gender.
    4. Nominations will be accepted by wings or wing equivalents (brigade level for US Army and US Marine Corps, or wing/strike group for Navy). Pentagon three letter offices will be considered wing equivalents (AF/A3O, SAF/AQA, etc.).

    The full message on Nomination Packages can be found at:2017TAI_MilitaryAwardsSolicitationMessage

  • LA County Honors Tuskegee Airmen

    On a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Board of Supervisors declared March 22, 2016 as Tuskegee Airmen Day in Los Angeles County. They honored the nation’s first all-black group of military aviators now known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

  • Tuskegee Airmen gather for 75th anniversary, induct CSAF as honorary member

    Original members of the Tuskegee Airmen, their families and supporters gathered in downtown Montgomery, Ala., March 22 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience.  See the full story here.

    3/24/2016 – MAXWELL AFB, Ala.  — by TSgt. Patrick Brown, 42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

  • Welsh Named Honorary Tuskegee Airman

    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh was inducted as an honorary Tuskegee Airman during a March 22 ceremony in downtown Montgomery, Ala., commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience.  See the full story here.  (​Air Force Magazine, March 2016)

  • 2016 Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Media Kit

  • January 2016 TAI President Letter to Members

  • 2015 TAI Post Convention Newsletter

  • TAI Newsletter June/July 2015

  • How many Tuskegee Airmen are currently living?

    How many Tuskegee Airmen are currently living?

    Currently there is no way to definitively answer the question of “how many members of the historical Tuskegee Experience are living” since our organization can only track members that have joined Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI).

    Many of the members of the Tuskegee Experience that separated from the military once their service commitment was completed returned to civilian life to become private citizens.  For that reason, we’ll never know exactly how many are living, nor will we know exactly where they live or what they are currently doing.

    At best, we can only try to address our current reported membership submitted by the individual chapters, and I would like to add that number changes almost daily as we continue to receive news of original Tuskegee Airmen joining the Lonely Eagles Chapter more frequently.

    At our last Western Region Conference, your question was discussed because it is frequently asked by the media when they are covering events sponsored by various chapters of TAI.  I was informed that based on the current roster, and even then it was tentative, we have approximately 209 original Tuskegee Airmen that are documented members of our chapters across the United States.  Again, don’t quote me because I have seen news of at least 2 members joining the Lonely Eagles since our conference which occurred late March 2015.  Others may have followed that I am not aware of.

    So as to your original question; “How many are known to be alive today?” There is no factual way of answering that question.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Ron E. Lacey

    Western Region Public Relations Officer

    Tuskegee Airmen Inc.