Hi, This is Jesse G and Jenea M. from Mr. Sal’s 1st period 20th Century class.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of aspiring pilots, who came to the Tuskegee Airbase to begin training to become fighter pilots in the war. During the training they were discriminated against for being African American, the white pilots thought that they were insufficient compared to themselves. These pilots-in-training were put to tough tests, flight school, and maneuverability tests in the airplanes. After getting their pilots license, they started scouting and doing ground patrol runs.
The white airmen didn’t want to share the same space as the African Americans because they thought they weren’t good enough to fight in the war. Unbeknown st to their knowledge that they actually needed the African American fighter pilots to help escort the bomber planes so they wouldn’t lose their men to the opposing enemy planes. They needed them because they were better than what some white pilots have predicted.
The preception that the Tuskegee Airmen had changed was that colored men were just as good as the white men, if not better. They could fly and fight and bring down the enemy just as well as the best white pilot. They proved that everyone can do whatever they want no matter the color of their skin.