Cleveland National Air Show Reveals Tuskegee Airmen’s Aircraft History

Cleveland — Under the shadow of Cleveland’s modern skyline, you can find a piece of history this weekend. The Cleveland National Air Show will premiere the T-6G trainer aircraft used to train some of the famous Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

“I was a little overwhelmed [when I saw it]Eldora Lebart, retired major in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, said: “I could almost feel the spirit of men and women and all that they went through to achieve what they had achieved.”

Acquired by the Army Air Corps in 1943, the historic aircraft was assigned to the AAF Base Unit in Tuskegee, Alabama during the final years of the war. The site overcame segregation and discrimination, and eventually he trained the first African-American military aviator who flew over 1,500 missions and defeated over 260 enemy aircraft. did.

“Airmen wanted to be in the war. They fought to be in the war. When they were in the war, they were absolutely great at what they did,” Lebart said Told.

The aircraft belonging to Detroit’s Tuskegee Airmen National Museum participates in the air show’s regular Tuskegee Airmen exhibit.

“Bringing this tent here every year is absolutely essential to spreading the history of these men and sharing it with anyone who will listen to what they did during World War II. Because there’s a group of us who feel that,” Lebart explained.

Barriers were broken, she noted, not only by the aviators, but also by the support staff at Tuskegee Airfield, which is largely African-American women.

“In addition to being nurses, the women were machinists, drove trucks, dug ditches, and built bridges,” she said. “They did some of everything.”

Labert said the biggest lesson he hopes visitors will take from the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit is how unity and patriotism can overcome division.

“We are all working on this issue together. I think things would be much better if more people were aware. This is a problem for all of us,” she said.

The Cleveland National Air Show takes place September 3-5. Gates open at 9am daily. No entry after 3pm.Check details click here.

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