Tuskegee Airmen Arrive in Rockford

By: Faran Fronczak Email
By: Faran Fronczak Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established a flight school at Tuskegee University. Allowing African American men to fly bombers in World War II and now the Stateline is celebrating their heroism.

The Veterans Memorial Hall will have a meet and greet with the Tuskegee Airmen Saturday (Feb. 25) from one to 3:00 p.m.

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  • by Bill Location: Freeport on Feb 25, 2012 at 11:41 PM
    The Red Tails did NOT fly bombers they flew only escort missions to protect the bombers.
  • by old guy Location: freeport on Feb 25, 2012 at 07:53 PM
    Thanks again guys.You talk about role models for young men .
  • by Gerald Location: Rockford on Feb 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    I thought they escorted the bombers in the new P-51 Mustangs rather than actually fly the bombers. Maybe I am wrong?
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      by Bruce on Feb 25, 2012 at 05:46 PM in reply to Gerald
      Then you and I are both wrong Gerald. I thought they were escorts also.
  • by David Location: Boone County on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM
    Kuddos to them and thanks for your sacrifice and over coming all the obstacles. These men deserve a lot of praise and young men should follow what they have paved.
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