Tuskegee Airmen

The most successful airmen during WWII

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U.S. Enters WWII

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, December 7 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. The damage of Pearl Harbor was devastating. Americans were filled with sorrow and anger. At the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the president, and he was violating the Neutrality Act. Roosevelt knew something bad was coming, the real question is who and where would the enemy strike.

The United States needed full support to fight against the axis countries (Germany, Japan, Russia). World War II became an absolute war because everyone supported the war and millions of Americans volunteered. At first Jim Crow laws segregated the military making it common for white men to leave colored men to die on the battlefield when they fought together ,but the lead to integration to the U.S. armed forces was a great responsibility of the Tuskegee Airmen.(THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN AT A GLANCE) African Americans volunteered in WWII with 996 pilots and more than 15,000 ground personnel who served with the all-black units would be credited with some 15,500 combat sorties.(Tuskegee Airmen)

The Air Force maintains high standards, most of which are things within your control such as height weight and vision. You have too be at least 58 inches to 80 inches and weigh at least 131 lbs to 250 lbs. Airmen vision has to be perfect and be between the ages of 17 and 39. (Excellence in all we do) The Tuskegee Airmen met the requirements and made an impact in black history when people saw how African Americans were as amazing as non-colored people.


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"THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN AT A GLANCE:." The National WWII Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.

"Tuskegee Airmen." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.

Excellence in all we do. (n.d.). Retrieved February 05, 2016, from https://www.airforce.com/how-to-join/prepare-for-success/meet-requirements