‘Red Tails’ WWII airmen plan reunion in upstate NY

The Tuskegee Airmen arrive at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
The Tuskegee Airmen arrive at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (AP) — Some of the last surviving members of the original Tuskegee Airmen are planning to hold a reunion at an upstate New York aviation museum over Memorial Day weekend.

The Star-Gazette reports that six Tuskegee Airmen have been confirmed as guests for the event being held May 24 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center outside Elmira.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black aviators in the U.S. military. They enlisted in the Army Air Corps during the Second World War and trained in Tuskegee, Ala. They went on to become one of the war’s most respected fighter squadrons.

The reunion is called “Return of the Red Tails,” the squadron’s nickname because the tails of their fighter planes were painted red.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roscoe Brown Jr., a Red Tail squadron commander.

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Information from: Star-Gazette, http://www.stargazette.com

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