GI Joe Classic Collection - Tuskegee Fighter Pilot Figures
Since the Civil War Negro fighting units battled with the
military for the right to participate as equals in combat. In
1939 a law was passed calling for the expansion of the Air Corps.
At the same time the recruitment and training of qualified Negroes
to serve as pilots and in support services was mandated. Despite
its sluggishness in complying with this law the Army finally established
a pilot training program at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, a prestigious
Negro college. The Tuskegee pilots called themselves the "Lonely
Eagles" and repeatedly distinguished themselves in the European
Theatre. The success of the Tuskegee Experiment was an important
factor in President Truman's order to integrate U.S. armed forces
worldwide. Since then African-Americans have served alongside
their fellow Americans in all military actions.
Tuskegee Fighter Pilot 1 Made by Hasbro ©1996
11" tall. Never removed from box. (Stock Number 005Tuskegee1)
Tuskegee Fighter Pilot 2 Made by Hasbro ©1996
11" tall. Never removed from box. (Stock Number 005Tuskegee2)
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