Happy Independence Day weekend! As we get ready to celebrate America, it is good to celebrate those things that make America great. On 4 July, 1942 a special flying unit formed of Americans from our Greatest Generation was inaugurated to fight against Nazi oppression and ensure freedom for all. This legendary unit is none other than the men of the 332nd Fighter Group, most commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Their heroics are not only due to their incredible record in combat against an armed enemy, but also because of their fight against inequality and right to equal opportunity for all Americans – it is said that they achieved a “Double Victory” through their perseverance, competence, and dedication.
Today, the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy continues through a multitude of organizations and activities, including the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. and several others, but I want to share with you one that I personally know and think we should support: the Legacy Flight Academy.
The Legacy Flight Academy (LFA) is an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization that’s dedicated to upholding and sustaining the Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. They support several youth aviation outreach and education activities throughout the year, but their primary activity is a 2-week summer program that is conducted at Moton Field in Tuskegee, AL. Students who participate in LFA literally walk in the footsteps of the famed Tuskegee Airmen as they learn character lessons from the example of all the men and women from the “Tuskegee Experiment” and receive hands-on flight training in preparation for their own aerospace careers. What’s neat about this program is that it’s impactful. Program attendees have gone on to do amazing things in aviation. It’s a perfect example of a program that builds a love of aviation in the hearts and minds of our nation’s youth.
Check back tomorrow for part 2 as we interview one of the founders of the Legacy Flight Academy. We’ll also profile a couple of the success stories.