The Indianapolis Chapter is one of over 50 chapters that are a part of the national Tusgekee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) organziation.

The Tuskegee Airmen legacy is essential and so our mission is broad.

In the past year alone Indianapolis Chapter members have:

  • Dedicated the Tuskege Airmen Highway I-65  that begins at Seymour Indiana running north to Johnston County line.
  • Collaborated to create permanent Tuskegee Airmen display in the Indiana War Memorial
  • Participated in both sessions of the best summer youth aviation camp in the city.
  • Mentored person to interview for an A-10 pilot position with the Indiana National Guard
  • For the first time, sent a young person to the National Tuskegee Airmen Youth Camp
  • Participated with educational booth display at Indiana Black Expo 
  • Participated in the Indianapolis Black Alumni HBCU College Fair
  • Participated in Indiana National Guard Diversity Day winning Most Educational Booth Award Category
  • Supported the presence of the USAF Concert Band with informational display
  • Nominated and garnered approval for Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen Walter Palmer to be inducted into the Indiana Military Hall of Fame.

Many Hoosiers played significant roles in making the Tuskegee Airmen story a reality.  

Test your knowledge of the Indiana connection: 

One Indianapolis resident, flew more combat sorties than any other Tuskegee Airman.

An Indianapolis resident, served as the Operations Officer for the 332nd Fighter Group, led those three squadrons into combat during the longest fighter escort mission during World War II, shot down an enemy aircraft, became a prisoner of war, and many years later became a founding member, and first President of the Indianapolis Chapter.

An Indianapolis native was one of five members of the first graduating class of the Tuskegee Advance Flying School (TAFS), served as a fighter pilot squadron Commander, and is one of the founding members of the Indianapolis Chapter.

An Angola, IN native was Director of the first half of pilot training for all Tuskegee Airmen pilots

An Indianapolis, IN native was Commander of the organization that prepared those without college degrees to qualify for entrance into the pilot training program.

An Indianapolis, IN native was in the second class to graduate from the TAFS.  He went on to become a fighter pilot squadron Commander and at one point was the second highest African American officer in the United States Air Force.

A Brazil, IN native was in the Third class to graduate from the TAFS. He was the first Tuskegee Airmen to shoot down an enemy aircraft in aerial combat.  He was actually the first Tuskegee Airman to shoot down three enemy aircraft.

An Indianapolis, IN based company was the manufacturer of the aircraft engines that were used to power three of the four different fighter aircraft types that the Tuskegee Airmen flew into combat;

A military airfield in Indiana was the location of a non-violent protest that led to the arrest of over 100 officers for refusing to sign what they understood to be an unlawful order.  This event, in combination with the outstanding combat record of the Tuskegee Airmen, is considered by many to have played an instrumental role in the decision to integrate the US military.  

The aforementioned facts were supportive of the City of Indianapolis being selected to be the host location of the 2016 National Tuskegee Airmen Convention celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience.  

Click below to further to explore the Indiana connection:

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