Charles Alfred Anderson, Part 2

In 1941, the Tuskegee Institute Board of Directors decided to construct an improved airfield to enable more students to train for and obtain their pilot’s licenses. To do this, $200,000 would be needed to build the runway and facilities.    One of the entities contacted as a possible source for funding was the Julius Rosenwald Fund of Chicago, where Eleanor…

Charles Alfred Anderson, Part 1

As a young boy, Charles Alfred Anderson was fascinated by airplanes and knew he just had to fly. By the time he was 20, he had saved enough money for flying lessons; however, no one would teach a young black man to fly. Not deterred, Anderson attended aviation ground school, where he learned airplane mechanics, and spent time around airports,…

Charles Bailey

Charles Phillip Bailey was born on November 25, 1918, in Punta Gorda, Florida. He was the son of Archie Bailey and Josephine Bailey.   Bailey attended the historically black university Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he played football on a full scholarship. Bailey possessed a deep desire in becoming a pilot but, Bethune-Cookman University did not have a civil…

Roscoe J. Brown, Pt. 2

The Messerschmitt 262 Jet Kill On March 24, 1945, the Tuskegee Airmen flew their longest mission of the war, escorting heavy bombers to Berlin (which was farther from their base in Italy than from American airfields in England). Over the German capital, they encountered Messerschmitt Me 262 jets. To confront the bombers and fighters, the Luftwaffe had launched 30 Me…

Lockheed Have Blue – Warbird Wednesday Episode #112

Welcome to Warbird Wednesday! Today we’re visiting the first-fixed wing aircraft designed to avoid radar detection, the Lockheed Have Blue. The shape of Have Blue was based on, the Soviet Physicist and Mathematician, Petr Ufimtsev published work on the deflection of electromagnetic waves. This, proof-of-concept test stealth aircraft, was requested by DARPA and would later render Soviet air defenses useless…

Roscoe J. Brown Jr., Pt 1.

Roscoe C. Brown Jr. was squadron commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. During combat, he served as a flight leader and operations officer. He had graduated from the Tuskegee Flight School on March 12, 1944, as a member of class 44-C-SE.   The 100th Fighter Squadron deployed to the war in Europe as a part…

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