The “African Americans in Aviation” traveling museum will be open for two days to honor the legacy of those who paved the way for black pilots.
MCCLELLAN PARK, Calif .– An aerospace museum that honors the legacy of black pilots will open to the public on Friday at California Aerospace Museum.
“African Americans in Aviation,” which will be open for two days, will feature the 1939 Goodwill Flight. Chauncey Spencer and Dale L. White Sr. flew from Chicago to Washington DC to advocate for the participation of blacks in flight training.
These two men convinced Harry S. Truman, then a senator, that the funding should include black aviators, which led to the establishment of the Tuskegee Institute flight school in Alabama which trained the first black combat pilots of the US Air Force.
Dr Theresa Price, founder and executive director of the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), says Spencer and White paved the way for black pilots.
“There would be no Tuskegee aviators, no Red Tails without Chauncey and Dale White,” Price said.
Spencer’s son, Chauncey Spencer II, partners with the NCRF to promote the education of black pilots and their fight for racial equality.
Tom Jones, executive director of the museum, says it will be a rewarding experience for those in the greater Sacramento area.
“You will leave with a better understanding and appreciation of the history and sacrifices made by black aviators who, despite overwhelming challenges, are paving the way for all to fly.
Timed tickets cost $ 15 for July 9 and 10. The entrance fee also allows guests to visit the California Aerospace Museum.
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