Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum

Board of Directors

Brian R. Smith

Brian R. Smith

His cutting edge research in this field has influenced the design of Combat Vehicles for the benefit of General Dynamics and the men and women of our armed forces. Dr. Smith is a community leader involved with social, historical, and educational programs. Dr. Smith is…

Larry D. Sargent

Larry D. Sargent

1980 – 2005, State of Michigan, Law Enforcement Officer, Rank Sergeant. Veteran, 1974 – 1982, United States Army, Michigan National Guard, Combat Field Medic, Rank E-5, Sergeant. 182 Field Artillery Company, Headquarters Battery, In charge of the Medical Section, Detroit, MI….

Larry D. Sargent

1980 – 2005, State of Michigan, Law Enforcement Officer, Rank Sergeant. Veteran, 1974 – 1982, United States Army, Michigan National Guard, Combat Field Medic, Rank E-5, Sergeant. 182 Field Artillery Company, Headquarters Battery, In charge of the Medical Section, Detroit, MI….

Larry D. Sargent

Alexander Jefferson

Alexander Jefferson, Lieutenant Colonel USAF Retired, born Detroit, Michigan, 15 November 1921.

Graduate; Chadsey High School Detroit: Bachelor of Science Degree, Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia: Graduate work in Chemistry, Howard…

Erma Leaphart-Gouch

Erma Leaphart-Gouch

Erma Leaphart-Gouch is the daughter of a Tuskegee Airmen. Her father, Staff Sargeant Vurnol V. Leaphart served in the 301st Fighter Squadron as an Airplane Crew Chief. She served in Rome, Northern and Southern France, Rhineland and in Air Combat…

Erma Leaphart-Gouch

Erma Leaphart-Gouch is the daughter of a Tuskegee Airmen. Her father, Staff Sargeant Vurnol V. Leaphart served in the 301st Fighter Squadron as an Airplane Crew Chief. She served in Rome, Northern and Southern France, Rhineland and in Air Combat…

Erma Leaphart-Gouch
Fazal Khan

Fazal Khan

Fazal Khan is a retired engineer with forty plus years of experience primarily in the US Defense Industry. He holds degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering.  He has been a private pilot for over thirty-five years with approximately 1400 hours in General…

Donald Davenport

 Lieutenant Colonel Donald W. Davenport is the Commander, 191st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan. His responsibilities include leading a 62 personnel squadron that provides direct Maintenance Generation Network…

Donald Davenport

 Lieutenant Colonel Donald W. Davenport is the Commander, 191st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan. His responsibilities include leading a 62 personnel squadron that provides direct Maintenance Generation Network…

Alexander Jefferson

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones was introduced to aviation by Dr. Brian Smith and the Tuskegee Airmen at the ACE Academy in 2000. After graduating from Western Michigan University in 2009, he continued to work as a flight instructor, amassing over 1,000 hours of instruction time in glass cockpit aircraft. Brandon went on to….

Leroy C. Richie

Leroy C. Richie, formerly of counsel in Lewis & Munday’s Detroit office, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from City College of New York (1970), where he graduated valedictorian, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the New York University School of Law (1973), where he…

Leroy C. Richie

Leroy C. Richie, formerly of counsel in Lewis & Munday’s Detroit office, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from City College of New York (1970), where he graduated valedictorian, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the New York University School of Law (1973), where he…

Brandon Jones

Christopher Kinsey, Sr.

Captain Chris Kinsey was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended college at Indiana State University (ISU). He graduated from ISU in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Pilot Technology with ratings from Private Pilot to…

Stephen L. Tupper

Steve Tupper is a commercial pilot with private, commercial, and/or instructor privileges in gliders, single and multi-engine airplanes, and single-engine seaplanes. He is instrument-rated and an instructor (CFII) in airplanes and holds a type rating (SIC) in the DC/3/C-47. He…

Stephen L. Tupper

Steve Tupper is a commercial pilot with private, commercial, and/or instructor privileges in gliders, single and multi-engine airplanes, and single-engine seaplanes. He is instrument-rated and an instructor (CFII) in airplanes and holds a type rating (SIC) in the DC/3/C-47. He…