In the 1940's Tuskegee, Alabama became home to a "military experiment" to train America's first African-American military pilots. In time the "experiment" became known as the Tuskegee Experience and the participants as the Tuskegee Airmen. Come share their experience as depicted at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
History of the Area
The school at Tuskegee founded by Booker T. Washington had a well-respected aeronautical engineering program. Because of the Institute's flight program, the U.S. military selected Tuskegee Institute as a place to train African-American pilots for the war effort. Aviators came to Tuskegee, Alabama, to hone their flying skills. Their rigorous training at Moton Field and Tuskegee Army Air Field molded over 1,000 pilots into one of the most highly respected U.S. fighter groups of World War II.
Moton Field Municipal Airport is located adjacent to the Historic Site with a 5,000 foot runway that accommodates small aircraft and private jets. Generally, no commercial flights are available to or from the airport.
The nearest major airport is in Montgomery, AL approximately. 50 miles away. Rental cars are available near the Montgomery airport. Take US 80 E to, I-65 N to I-85 N, then follow car directions from Montgomery, AL below.
The next major airport is located in Atlanta, GA. Follow car directions from Atlanta.
From Montgomery, AL--take I-85 N towards Atlanta. Travel approximately 50 miles to exit 38. Exit and turn right. Travel 1 mile to Chappie James Ave. Turn left and travel 1/2 mile to visitor parking on left.
From Atlanta, GA--take I-85 S towards Montgomery. Travel approximately 150 miles to exit 38. Exit and turn left under overpass. Travel 1 mile and turn left on Chappie James Ave. Travel 1/2 mile to visitor parking on left.