Decorated Pilot, Col. Charles McGee Presents The Tuskegee Airmen Experience
January 20, 2010
Kansas City native-son Colonel Charles McGee (Ret.) one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, shares his experience as a member of the pioneering group of black American aviators during World War II on Sunday, January 24, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Col. McGee served as a fighter pilot during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, achieving the highest three-war fighter mission total of any Air Force aviator.
Col. McGee’s presentation complements the exhibit, The Test: The Tuskegee Airmen Project, on display at the Central Library from December 12, 2009 through January 31, 2010,
The exhibit serves as a visual history lesson about the Airmen during World War II. They were part of an effort by the U.S. War Department to determine if blacks were capable of being effective airmen.
In 1943, the first squadron of black aviators was deployed to North Africa to enter combat while beginning the critical test phase of the “Tuskegee Project.” The outcome of this test would affect the future opportunities for blacks in and out of the military.
The exhibit tells the story by providing information about race relations in America before World War II as well as black involvement in early aviation. Photographs, narratives, models, maps, and graphics are used to inform visitors about the men, the aircraft they flew, and the operations in which they participated.
Admission to the exhibit and presentation is free. Call 816.701.3407 or RSVP online. Free parking is located in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.