Taking a Look at the Tuskegee Airmen

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The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African Americans that were dedicated and determined young men that proved their point that not only white men could fight in the war but so could they. They created the 332nd and the 477th fighter group in the United States Air Force .The 332nd Fighter Group, which originally included the 100th, 301st, and 302nd Fighter Squadrons, was the first black flying group. The 332nd group was also the flying escort for the heavy bombers and they were later nicknamed the “Red Tails” they were called this because of the distinctive crimson that was painted on their plane . Alought, 477th fighter group trained with the B-25 Bombers they never went to war because they didn’t finish their training in time. The U.S. Army Air Corps had established the psychological Research Unit 1 at Maxwell Army Air Field ,Montgomery,Alabama and other units around the country for aviation cadet training, which included the identification, selection, education, and training of pilots, navigators, bombardiers. Psychologists employed in these research studies and training programs used some of the first standardized tests to quantify IQ, dexterity and leadership qualities to select and train the best-suited personnel for the roles of bombardier, navigator, and pilot. The Air Corps determined that the existing programs would be used for all units, including all-black units. At Tuskegee, this effort continued with the selection and training of the Tuskegee Airmen.The

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