Tuskegee history

Alexander Jefferson ,83,(left) a original Tuskegee Airmen, pilot , Class 44-A show his recently written book to Christian Roman, 16, West Orange High  Air Force ROTC (center), and Adriane Oliveira ,16,Cypress Creek High School ,Air Force ROTC at the 34th annual convention of Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black Air Force unit to fight during World War II, and ultimately helped the integration of the U.S. military. Fewer than 4,000 of the 15,000 members of the so-called "Tuskegee Experience" remain, and many are gathering in Orlando this week for the 34th annual convention of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Among the group's interests are outreach, particularly among children, and Wednesday's event will center on youth, with kids from local schools learning about NASA's space program and airplanes. They'll also have lunch with the Airmen.

( Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel )

Alexander Jefferson ,83,(left) a original Tuskegee Airmen, pilot , Class 44-A show his recently written book to Christian Roman, 16, West Orange High Air Force ROTC (center), and Adriane Oliveira ,16,Cypress Creek High School ,Air Force ROTC at the 34th annual convention of Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black Air Force unit to fight during World War II, and ultimately helped the integration of the U.S. military. Fewer than 4,000 of the 15,000 members of the so-called "Tuskegee Experience" remain, and many are gathering in Orlando this week for the 34th annual convention of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Among the group's interests are outreach, particularly among children, and Wednesday's event will center on youth, with kids from local schools learning about NASA's space program and airplanes. They'll also have lunch with the Airmen.

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