Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Opens

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By Sarah Cantey

 It was a historic weekend in Tuskegee as hundreds gathered at Moton Field for the unveiling of a project almost a decade in the making.

 
Several surviving Tuskegee Airmen attended the dedication ceremony at the Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site. Over eight years a hangar was transformed into a museum and a skyway club was restored. The Tuskegee airmen were the first black US military aviators with an outstanding combat record in World War II. 
 
Thomas Bristow Sr., a Tuskegee Airman- Sergeant said, "Just like a farmer, turning the ground, and you hope for your crop to come up, and all the way you hope for the crop. So I've lived to see, I can see the birth now of those that have died and all that it wasn't in vain."
 
There's no exact number on how many Tuskegee Airmen are alive, but estimates show less than 100 pilots and 200 support personnel. 
 
For more information visit: http://www.nps.gov/tuai/index.htm