|Linkwood Williams, a civilian flight instructor at Tuskegee Army Air Field, circa 1943.
||Training Prepares Black
Pilots for War
Roosevelt] told me, I always heard Negroes couldnt
fly and I wondered if youd mind taking me up.... When
we came back, she said, Well, you can fly all right. Im
positive that when she went home, she said, Franklin, I flew
with those boys down there, and youre going to have to do something
C. Alfred Anderson
Despite demonstrating their flying prowess, black aviators in the
1930s still faced many obstacles to flight, including segregated facilities,
hostile and unpredictable receptions at airfields, and the refusal
of some airports to service aircraft flown by blacks.
The year 1939 became an important milestone for black involvement
in aviation. That year Dale
L. White and Chauncey E. Spencer made a roundtrip-trip flight
from Chicago to Washington, a long-distance flight sponsored by the
National Airmens Association (NAA) and the Chicago Defender
Later 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.
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