Tuskegee Army-Air Field
The Tuskegee Airmen or Red Tails learned to fly planes at the Moton Field airport in Tuskegee, Alabama. Chief Anderson, who had taught himself how to fly, was their instructor.
Once they learned to fly, they learned military aircraft at the Tuskegee Army-Airfield (TAAF), also located in Tuskegee, Alabama, down Highway 199. This $4 million dollar facility was built by black laborers and craftsmen. The TAAF covered a few thousand acres and had over 200 buildings. It housed over 3,000 personnel.
This website is by Bennie J. McCrae Jr.
"The property is located in Macon County, Alabama and is privately owned. I had the pleasure of touring the site with the owner on 25 June 2005."
This website is by Paul Freeman
This base was used during WW2 to train the "Tuskegee Airmen", the Army Air Corps' first group of black pilots.
It was also known as Sharpe Field, and provided advanced training for the graduates of basic flying training from nearby Moton Field.
In 1939, the U.S. Congress approved the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPT) which funded a national campaign of flight training. Eventually, predominately black colleges participated in the CPT program.
The black airmen who became single-engine or multi-engine pilots were trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) in Tuskegee Alabama. The first aviation cadet class began in July 1941 and completed training nine months later in March 1942. Thirteen started in the first class. Five successfully completed the training, one of them being Captain Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., a West Point Academy graduate.
The Tuskegee Airmen were not the only ones making history at the Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) in Tuskegee, Alabama during the 1940s. The nurses who served on the base had to fight gender as well as racial discrimination. The Department of the Army was dragging its feet on allowing women of any race into the Army Nurse Corps (ANC)--that is until the United States entered World War II and there was a shortage of nurses.
Click Here to see a group shot of the TAAF Nursing Staff.
This website is by Bennie McCrae and includes links to information on the TAAF personnel, and various aspects of the Airbase, in 1942.
This site claims the TAAF, in Notasulga, AL is haunted.