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Tuskegee Airmen (#302)

Renee interviews Kentuckians Frank Weaver and William H. Cornish, who were members of the ground crew supporting the Tuskegee Airmen, and Ron Spriggs of Nicholasville, an amateur historian who has created exhibits about this pioneering unit of African-American aviators.

During World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen were formed as an experiment to find out whether African Americans could succeed as military pilots. While fewer than 1,000 were trained as fliers, a total of 15,000 men were part of the unit. The Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 15,000 sorties and 1,500 missions. Their outstanding record of service led to the integration of the U.S. armed forces.

Air Dates

Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 3:00/2:00 pm CT on KET

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 11:30/10:30 am CT on KET2