Browse Photographs (52 total)

In a perilous mission on July 18, 1944, Lt. C. D. Lester downed three German aircraft in less than six minutes. He earned the nickname "Lucky" because he survived this and other dangerous missions without as much as a scratch or bullet hole in his…

Maj. George D. "Spanky" Roberts led the 99th Fighter Squadron in Italy during the winter of 1943-44. His leadership contributed to the squadron's success and high morale.

The shaded area on this P-51, flown by Elwood T. Driver during World War II, shows the 332d Fighter Group’s distinctive “Red Tails.”

William J. Powell (far right), a successful owner of several automobile service stations in Chicago, moved to Los Angeles to learn to fly. By the early 1930s Powell had organized the Bessie Coleman Aero Club to promote aviation awareness in the black…

Aviatrix Willa Brown (shown in her padded flight suit) was a fervent promoter of the cause of black aviation.

The Curtiss JN-4 was the type of aircraft flown by pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman.

A group of recruits for the 99th Pursuit Squadron reports to Captain Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., commandant of cadets at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama in September 1941.

Black women in the United States Army Nurse Corps were assigned to Tuskegee Army Air Field Hospital (Circa 1943) to assist pilots and cadets with physical and psychological problems. Part of their training included ground school instruction, but they…

Tuskegee cadet (circa 1944) shown on a cot in his barracks studying with his photo collection of girl friends.

Members of the first Negro Navigation Cadets were guests of New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at City Hall (2/16/44) shortly before they were to receive their commissions in the Army Air Corps. Navigation was one of the specialties needed for the…