Browse Photographs (52 total)

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.”

A 99th Fighter Squadron pilot studies his map before going out on a mission during World War II.

Tuskegee Airman William Diez is featured in this World War II plea for Americans to buy war bonds. The poster is one of a series of patriotic posters sponsored by the Office of War Information.

On July 2, 1943, Charles B. Hall became the first black fighter pilot to down an enemy aircraft. Hall was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor in this World War II action. His squadron presented him with its own reward, a chilled…

Armament technicians with the 619th Bombardment Squadron mount a 50-caliber machine gun on a B-25, circa 1944.

In 1941 the first group of black cadets to earn their wings at Tuskegee Army Air Field gather alongside a Vultee BT-13 trainer. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. (middle) became the first black general in the U.S. Air Force in 1954.

Lt. Col. Noel Parrish, commander at Tuskegee from 1942 to 1946, worked diligently to alleviate the harsh impact of segregation practices within the Army Air Forces.

Linkwood Williams, a civilian flight instructor at Tuskegee Army Air Field, circa 1943.

James Herman Banning, a talented barnstormer, and Thomas Allen, his mechanic, made the first trans-continental flight by black aviators in 1932 with a flying time of 41 hours, 27 minutes.

Eugene Bullard flew with the French during World War I. As an emigre living in France he was able to break into military aviation briefly af the start of World War I.