African American History and Aviation Career Week

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum and the Detroit Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., exhibit a wide variety of aviation role models, to over 4,000 students during
a five-day period, in February each year. This programs goal is to provide the student with a panoramic understanding of the paths to pursue to attain a career in aviation and aerospace science. Presentations from aviation professionals provide the following: 1) What opportunities exist; 2) What goals to set to pursue these opportunities; 3) How to achieve the presented goals. A 20,000 Sq. ft Exhibit Hall provides displays that include whole aircraft and aircraft engines, literature from aviation companies and most important a display of the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Exhibitors at no charge have two 8 ft tables and as much space as needed. Exhibitors also have available presentation rooms in which 30 minute presentations can be made to up to 300 visiting students. Exhibitors are pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, air traffic controllers, electronic technicians, airport designers, FAA inspectors, airport managers, university professors, engineers, and Tuskegee Airmen.

PROGRAM HISTORY

The Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Detroit Chapter, has sponsored an African American History and Aviation Career’s Week for Detroit Public Schools annually for more than twenty(20) years in Detroit, Michigan. Some of the past participants have been Northwest Airlines, United Parcel Service, United Airlines, USAirways, Southwest Airlines, U. S. Air Force, Delta Airlines, U. S. Marines, U. S. Coast Guard, Western Michigan University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan and a host of others. This program is sponsored in part by Comerica Bank, The Black United Fund and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum.