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Black Americans, both men and women, have left their legacy in the skies over the United States and around the world. From commercial enterprises to war veterans, these brave men and women opened the aviation frontier to all that would follow. African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked qualifications for combat duty.


This exhibit is the beginning of the epic story of The Evolution of Black Americans in Aviation. From people such as General Benjamin Davis Jr., to the Tuskegee Airmen, these individuals made significant and everlasting contributions to the United States itself and specifically to aviation.


Oakland Aviation Museum takes pride in being able to exhibit artifacts and information relevant to the struggle and ultimate success of all Black Americans as they ventured into aviation and space.

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