2013-06-20 / Local & State

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit Planned For Pittsburgh

IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) – Officials at Pittsburgh International Airport are planning to honor the Tuskegee Airmen with an exhibit to open in September.

Allegheny County Airport Authority officials and others say a corporate sponsorship drive has begun to raise about $40,000 for the exhibit.

Tuskegee Airmen were the U.S. military’s first black pilots during World War II. More members of the group – including 95 men and one woman – came from western Pennsylvania than any other area of the country.

The exhibit will feature plaques naming three Tuskegee Airmen killed in combat, and a television monitor will show highlights from a documentary, “Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen’’ that was show on Pittsburgh’s Public Broadcasting Service station, WQED-TV.

An opening ceremony is scheduled for the first week in September.

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