First cadets, Tuskegee

     

First cadets, Tuskegee

In 1941 the first group of black cadets to earn their wings at Tuskegee Army Air Field gather alongside a Vultee BT-13 trainer. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. (middle) became the first black general in the U.S. Air Force in 1954.

Image Number: 99-15437
Credit: Smithsonian Institution
For print or commercial use please see our permissions page.