Fair exhibit to honorTuskegee airmen
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Commission on African-American Males, in partnership with the Rickenbacker Tuskegee Airmen Foundation, is offering a special exhibit to honor Tuskegee airmen Friday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in the Bricker Building at the Ohio State Fair. The exhibit will include photos, information packets and activity books for children on the Tuskegee airmen, the airplanes they flew and the Rickenbacker Airport Base, then known as the Lockbourne Army Base, where they were stationed after World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen program, begun in July 1941 in Tuskegee, Ala., trained more than 450 black military fighter pilots who fought in WWII.
Called the "Black Birdmen" by the Germans, the Tuskegee airmen flew in more than 15,000 missions.