• 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.

  • Dr Ruth L Jackson Presidential Award

  • USDA 1890 National Scholars Program

    Share this information with high school students, parents, guidance

     counselors, principals, teachers, and churches:


    The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program awards scholarships to high school

     seniors to attend any of the nineteen 1890 Land Grant Historically Black

     Institutions in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other

     related disciplines.


     The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition,

     employment, employment benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year

     for up to four years to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the

     following universities:


     * Alabama A&M University

     * Alcorn State University

     * Central State University, Ohio

     * Delaware State University

     * Florida A&M University

     * Fort Valley State University, Georgia

     * Kentucky State University

     * Langston University, Oklahoma

     * Lincoln University, Missouri

     * North Carolina A&T State University

     * Prairie View A&M University, Texas

     * South Carolina State University

     * Southern University, Louisiana

     * Tennessee State University

     * Tuskegee University, Alabama

     * University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

     * University of Maryland Eastern Shore

     * Virginia State University

     * West Virginia State University


     The scholarship may be renewed each year contingent upon satisfactory

     academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.


     Eligible students must be U.S. citizens, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or

     better, have been accepted at one of the 1890 HBCUs, study agriculture,

     food, natural resource sciences or other related academic disciplines,

     demonstrate leadership and community service.


     Visit the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program website for more information:



     Applications: http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/


     Application DEADLINE: February 1, 2015

  • TAI President Holiday Letter

  • 2014 TAI Post Convention Newsletter

  • Tuskegee Airmen Questions and Answers 09_2014 (update)

  • August 2014 TAI President Letter

  • Southwest Airlines 7th Continuing the Legacy in Aviation program

    Thank you for playing a role to POSITIVELY impact 22 students from across the country participating in the Southwest Airlines 7th Continuing the Legacy in Aviation program.  I am grateful for your support and could not have done it without you.  Below are three news clips about the program this year!
    Fox 4 – Please click the following links to watch:


  • Red Tail Pilots Visit Red Tail Monument in Orlando

    DOTAs were treated to a visit of the Red Tail monument at the Orlando Science Center. The trip was arranged by Michael McKenzie, Director of  Youth Development for the General Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. Chapter.


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