With the realities of war, the federal government reluctantly established The 66th Air Force Flying School at the Tuskegee Institute. Blacks would consider this a flawed compromise but welcomed the opportunity to prove their ability and commitment to the war efforts.Blacks have been requesting equal opportunity for job positions throughout the military. So, Tuskegee would be considered a start.
1939 was the establishment of an aviation course at Tuskegee.This aviation course was a direct result of blacks crusade to have a much bigger role in the nations military. Prior to this most blacks in the military held positions such as cooks, cleaning services, and drivers. A major component to this crusade was admitting blacks into Air Corps. The Air Corps drew its strength from three important sources, blacks high regard for military service, increase in enthusiasm for the black public in aviation, and the emergence of civil rights as a national issue during the 1930's. In late 1940military began to make plans for a segregated air unit and by early 1941 the secretary of war approves plan to establish 99th Pursuit Squadron and base it near Tuskegee.
Tuskegee Institute, Founded in 1881, continues today as the Tuskegee University.
On May 22, 1934 thefirst airplane lands on the ground in an oat field which was flown by John C. Robinson, Chicago aviator. It occurred during the commencement exercises of 1934 and many black newspapers noticed the event and it would mark Tuskegee'sfirst attempt to enter in aviation.
During the next two years there is a growing interest in aeronautics at Tuskegee. In 1936 newspapers announce that Tuskegee planned to off courses in aviation. Tuskegee would be considered an ideal place for aviation for several reasons. One being that it was situated in the deep south which provided excellent year-round flying weather, rural setting afforded ample underdeveloped land for an airfield and …