Orlando Center Unveiled Tuskegee Airmen Monument

Pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group, "Tuskegee Airmen," the elite, all-African American 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli, Italy., from left to right, Lt. Dempsey W. Morgran, Lt. Carroll S. Woods, Lt. Robert H. Nelron, Jr., Capt. Andrew D. Turner, and Lt. Clarence P. Lester. (U.S. Air Force photo- Via Wikepedia)
Pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group, "Tuskegee Airmen," the elite, all-African American 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli, Italy., from left to right, Lt. Dempsey W. Morgran, Lt. Carroll S. Woods, Lt. Robert H. Nelron, Jr., Capt. Andrew D. Turner, and Lt. Clarence P. Lester. (U.S. Air Force photo- Via Wikepedia)
Pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group, “Tuskegee Airmen,” the elite, all-African American 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli, Italy., from left to right, Lt. Dempsey W. Morgran, Lt. Carroll S. Woods, Lt. Robert H. Nelron, Jr., Capt. Andrew D. Turner, and Lt. Clarence P. Lester. (U.S. Air Force photo- Via Wikepedia)

The Orlando Science Center organized an event on Veteran’s Day to unveil a new monument to the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II. Formally, they formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces.

Red Tail pilots monument at Orlando Science Center
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The monument was  revealed during a ceremony last Monday. Foursurviving members from the first group of African-American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces were present.

Known for the signature red-tailed P-51 Mustang planes they flew during World War II, the airmen were honored with a 12-foot spire that features an inspirational message.

There were more than 900 pilots trained at Tuskegee, Ala., of whom 356 airmen were considered an elite group of fighter pilots that were sent to various bases in Europe.

In honor of the airmen, the center  also held a screening of “Red Tails,” the 2012 film which portrayed them.

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