The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African Americans to serve as aviators during World War II. They not only fought heroically in Europe, they also overcame prejudice and discrimination in the Army Air Forces. Their success helped prepare the way for desegregation of the U.S. military in 1948.
During Black History Month, the Aerospace Museum of California celebrates the Tuskegee Airmen with an exhibit featuring artifacts, equipment, uniforms and personal items belonging to Col. George S. "Spanky" Roberts, a local member of this elite group. The PBS documentary They Fought Two Wars will also be shown.
What: Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit
Where: Aerospace Museum of California, 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan
When: February 2013, 9 to 5 p.m., except Sundays when open 10 to 5 p.m.
Cost: Adult $8, senior (65+) $6, youth (13-17) $6, child (6-12) $5, active military w/ID free, child 5 & under free.
For more info: 916-643-3192 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: Major James A. Ellison, left, inspects the cadets at the Basic and Advanced Flying School at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Ala, in 1942. AP Photo/U.S. Army Signal Corps