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Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site - BEST Places to Picnic

1616 Chappie James Ave.
Tuskegee, AL 36083

Phone
Visitor Information
(334) 724-0922
Park Headquarters
(334) 727-6390

Explore Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, commemorates the contributions of African American airmen in World War II. Moton Field was the site of primary flight training for the pioneering pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen. It was constructed in 1941 as a new training base. The field was named after former Tuskegee Institute principal Robert Russa Moton, who died the previous year.

Established on November 6, 1998, the National Historic Site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places the same day. The site has a temporary visitor center, pending completion of the first phases of a restoration project around 2008. 

An oral history project, consisting of interviews of hundreds of people involved in the Tuskegee Airmen, was completed in 2005 and will eventually be available to the public at the historic site and at the Library of Congress.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site's temporary visitor center houses exhibits and a 25-seat auditorium where five historic films that tell different aspects of the Tuskegee Airmen Story are shown. 

A scenic overlook where you can get an overview of the restoration historic Moton Field, site of basic and primary flight training for the airmen, is located near the large parking area. Scavenger hunts and coloring activities for children of various ages are available. 

There is also a small bookstore with a large variety of unique items to make your visit a memorable one. Annual Memorial Day weekend Tuskegee Airmen Fly-In sponsored by Negro Airmen International and the City of Tuskegee. 

The Fly-In is open to the public and features original Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, historic aircraft, military fly-bys, aerobatics, exhibits, vendors, food, and fun, fun, fun. Tuskegee is also home to the Annual George Washington Carver Arts and Crafts Festival held on the Tuskegee City Square the Saturday before Mother's Day in May.

Did You Know?
The Tuskegee Airmen consists of nearly 1000 pilots and upwards of 15,000 support personnel, including �wash outs� that were part of the "military experiment" to see if blacks could fly and fight.

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