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2013 Tuskegee Airmen National Convention Calender

Tentative dates for major convention events have been decided.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 will host the Welcome Reception

Thursday, August 1, 2013 will inlclude Military Luncheon

Friday, August 2, 2013 will include Lonely Eagle Service, Spouses Tea, Heritage Luncheon, and Awards Reception

Saturday, August 3, 2012 will include Youth Activites, Youth luncheon, and the Red Carpet Gala

If you would like to volunteer, sponsor, or attend one of the events please contact yolandea.wood@gmail.com for information.

 
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Art Inspired by Tuskegee Airmen On Display At Jefferson Barracks

Published on August 30, 2012 by in Events

Murals Depicting Pilots, Planes and Action Honoring Tuskegee

TAI Member and Artist William Curtis At Jefferson Barracks Heritage Museum
Murals and paintings by Hugh J. White Chapter member and St. Louis artist William Curtis are now on display at Jefferson Barracks Heritage Museum.  The collection of art work was unveiled in a reception held on 25 August at 2:00 pm.  The display honoring the Tuskegee Airmen includes new murals that set the scene for the creation and context of the Tuskegee Experiment. This is a wonderful collection of paintings and large murals depicting various aspects of Tuskegee Airmen during World War 2.

RedTail Tuskegee P51 Escorting B-17 BomberSome of the murals are made up of multiple frames and span just over 20 feet. Other works are single pieces, all painted by Mr. Curtis. This is the second showing of Mr. Curtis’ work, with the first being a Spring display at the Scott Air Force Base Library. The works of art are on display at the Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation through November 2012. Also on display are items from the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum including large models of a P-40 Warhawk and B-25 Mitchell as well a flight gear.

Many know of the famous Redtail P-51′s that the Tuskegee Airmen used to successfully protect bombers, but the first combat missions were flown in P-40 Warhawks. Tuskegee Airmen also trained up in B-25 Mitchells, but the group, The 477th Bombardment Squadron never saw service. Tuskegee Airmen also flew Bell P-39 Aircorbras and Republic P-47 Thunderbolts in combat.

If you want more information about the host of the display please click http://www.jbhf.org/index.html for a link to Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation.

 

 
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Airpower Over The Midwest Comes To Scott AFB

Published on August 30, 2012 by in Events

Tuskgee Airmen T-6 Texan To Perform At Airshow

Tuskegee Airmen To Man Informational and Souvenier Booth at Airpower over the Midwest
When: September 15th and 16th, 2012 9AM to 5PM

Hugh J. White and Lewis Lynch Chapters of the Tuskegee Airmen will be at this year’s Air Show.  Expect to find us in Hanger 1 right by the entrance to the field.  The Hugh J. White chapter will have items for sale including hats, shirts, and awesome activity books.   The Lewis Lynch Chapter will once again be having their combat photography booth.  Come dress up in flight suits and put a new spin on family portraits.
In addition, come ask the story tellers how probably one man listening to his mother and always trying combined with one ignoring mom’s lesson about when to clean your room changed history.

For more information about the Air Show click on .http://www.scott.af.mil/Airshow2012.asp
information poster Airpower Over The Midwest Featuring The USAF Thunderbirds

 
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Hotel Selected for 2013 National Tuskegee Airmen Convention

Millennium Hotel St. Louis

http://www.millenniumhotels.com/millenniumstlouis/

 
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AVIATION CAMP 2013

 Scott Air Force Base Selected as host location for third annual Central Region Tuskegee Airmen Youth Camp

Due to the hard work of Robin Rhodes and her volunteers from the Lewis Lynch and Hugh J. White Tuskegee Airmen Chapters, the Central Region leadership has selected Scott to host the 2013 Youth Aviation Weekend.  The Friday to Sunday event will be held the third weekend in July 2013.

The first year over 20 guest 13-17 attended the camp.  This year over 30 guest 13-17 attended the camp.  Rumor has it that more maybe invited next year.  The event works to support National Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. goals of keeping the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen alive and inspiring our youth to reach their maximum potential.   Highlights of the weekend include meeting an original Tuskegee Airmen, flights and simulator rides.

If you want to see some of the pictures from this year or to keep track of what is happening please check out the Lewis Lynch Facebook page and keep up with this website.

 

 
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Original Tuskegee Airmen Dr. Granville C. Coggs Speaks to Youth

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Key Note Speaker : Dr. Granville C. Coggs, M.D., F.A.C.R.

The Tuskegee Airmen Central Region Aviation Camp was honored to have original Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Granville C. Coggs, M.D., F.A.C.R. as their key note speaker and honored guest.  Dr. Granville C. Coggs, is a proud native of Arkansas.  He earned military badges as an aerial gunner, aerial bombardier, as well as a multi-engine pilot, while serving in the Army Air Corps from 1943-1946.  Dr. Coggs received his  Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in June 1949 from the University of Nebraska.  In June of 1953, he received his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School.   He has since led a distinctive medical career; as the first African American staff physician at Kaiser Hospital, San Francisco in 1959;  the first head of the Ultrasound Radiology Division, University of California, San Francisco in 1972; and inventor of several patented cancer detection, treatment and research devices.  Dr. Coggs is an accomplished musician and vocalist, and a multiple gold medal winner in several Senior Olympics track events.  He is a 2001  inductee into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements.  Dr. Coggs and his wife, Maud, make their home in San Antonio.

 

 

 

 
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Aviation Camp

This project could not be held without the volunteers and the hard work of its leaders.  I really want to list all the volunteers, but I will wait for Robin Rhodes and possibly Marv and Rip to give me those list.  I know the attendees benefited from a certain retired officer who worked magic in the days just prior arranging replacement flights and the man who went from grill master to bus driver so that transportation could be assured.  All the hours and volunteer efforts have paid off.
Now I was the MC for the Friday Ice Breaker and I shared some words of wisdom that I learned a long time ago.  I then told the guest I would have a gift to those who remembered.  On Saturday and Sunday I gave the students the opportunity to recite the phrase and three keys to success.  There were two goals.   Yes, I wanted them to remember the words, however, I also wanted them to learn the value of speaking up and asking ”may I”.  May I earn that opportunity.   The phrase “If I am the BEST, that I can be, TODAY, TOMORROW, I can be ANYTHING”.  The keys 1.  If you need help, ASK.  2.  Set a GOAL.  2.  Rebel POSITIVE.  The first my father taught me, the keys were taught to me by an upperclassman at the United States Air Force Academy during Basics.
I only shared 6 coins,  however, I invited the guest to write to my email and tell me about the weekend.  I promised to post the best articles on this website and to send those individuals a coin.  Everyone has an equal chance for success.
Once I received the volunteer list I will include it on this website.  I will also include the promised a biography of the Tuskegee Airmen who attended the event.  If you go to Facebook, Lewis Lynch Tuskegee Airmen Chapter, you can find over 400 pictures of the event.

 
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Youth Aviation Camp 2012

 

Dynamic Duo Pilot Team at Ice Breaker

 

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The 35 guest for the weekend ended the first day of the seminar with a series of presentations and a meal at the Four Points Hotel in Illinois.  This photo included the dynamic duo of an Air Force husband and wife pilots team.  They got the guest attention with their story and some of their mementos, included foreign currency and hotel room cards, from their travels around the world.   Jamie Tate capture their attention with his experiences as an in flight medic returning wounded soldiers home.  He explained that in Vietnam it took 45 days for a wounded soldier to get home, in Desert Storm it took 10 days.  Today’s military can get wounded soldiers home within 72 hours.  “Port Dogs” were in the house in full strength.  Dunklin represent the Services side of the Air Force.   Allen, a JROTC instructor, came from Kansas City.  Also present were other members of the Lewis Lynch, Hugh J. White, Heart of America and San Antonio Tuskegee Airmen Chapters.
I got to sit down and talk to two tables of guest.  It was reaffirmed that it is a small world.  One gentleman at the table on the right is the great-grandson of Original Tuskegee Airmen Walter Palmer who I met while I was a member of the Indianapolis Tuskegee Chapter.

 
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Lambert Mural Rededication

Description of Image  On Friday, February 16, 2012 individuals of the  Hugh J. White Chapter, the Lewis Lynch Tuskegee Airmen Chapters joined distinguished St. Louis and Lambert officials in the re-dedication of the “Black Americans in Flight” Mural at Lambert Airport.  Special guest include Solomon Thurman, Mural Artist and Christopher Newman, original Tuskegee Airmen.  Photographer was Mr Wiley Price, Photojournalist  St. Louis American Newspaper.
Attendees were greeted with a warm reception and an interesting selection of speakers.

 

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Henderson Smith, USAF Ret Lt Col, MSgt Danita Tyson, Juanita Walker (sister of Clara White), MSgt Robin Rhodes, Solomon Thurman mural artist, Joseph Robinson, USN Ret LCDR, and  Yolandea Wood, USAF Ret Major

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William Curtis, retired educator and artist, Dr John P. Morgan, USAF Ret Col, Delia Greer, flight nurse Wings of Hope (by the way that organization is a finalist for a Nobel Peace Prize), Ms Clara White (widower of Hugh J. White), Christopher Newman (original Tuskegee Airmen and pictured in mural)

 

 
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Tuskegee Member to Speak At Annual Pilots Convention

Former Navy Pilot & TIA Member Joe Robinson Featured As Speaker

Tuskegee Airmen Spotlighted At Missouri Pilots Association Conference
On June 9th Lt Cmdr Joe Robinson, USN Retired was the keynote speaker at this years convention.  According to the reaction of the attendees, the presentation was very well received.  Joe stated that many people came up to him to give their personal thanks for his sharing with them.  The host of the convention provided great support.  The inclusion of Joe’s biography in the program helped introduce Lt Cmdr Joe Robinson to the group.  The host also invited the Hugh J. White Chapter to create  a pictorial display during the conference and a place to sell some of the chapter merchandise.  Money raised and donated will go to funding the chapter’s educational grants to graduating high school students.

The Missouri Pilots Association  is one of the oldest, largest and most active non-profit pilot organizations in the country.  They were founded in 1953 with many lofty goals. Chief among those was to promote continuing education and safety among our member pilots in Missouri. The members of the Missouri Pilots Association work closely with other aviation organizations across the country.  They are known around the State of Missouri as the voice of General Aviation.

 
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