Moton Field - Tuskegee, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo
N 32° 27.424 W 085° 40.837
16S E 624004 N 3591866
Quick Description: The famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen began their primary flight training at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. Today the field is a National Park Service National Historic Site and museum as well as continuing as the municipal airport.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/2/2012 6:29:50 AM
Waymark Code: WMFDDW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
The National Park Service (NPS) has been working on preserving Moton Field since the 1990s. They have established a museum in Hanger 1 and are in the process of expanding to Hanger 2. In Hanger 1 the focus has been on the training that took place at Moton Field. According to the Park Ranger I spoke with, Hanger 2 will have more on the Tuskegee Airmen after their training was completed. For example, there will be a restored P-51 mustang like the ones used by the Tuskegee Airmen in Europe during World War II.

Among the exhibits in Hanger 1 are U.S. Army trainer aircraft used to train African American pilots how to fly. Other exhibits include a Link Trainer and many information signs. The field continued to be used after World War II as a civilian facility. It continues that function in addition to being home to the historic work done by the National Park Service. The coordinates are for the entrance to Hanger 1, where the National Park Service has its visitors center and offices during construction. Admission is free.

In 2010, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, as a winner of the National Trust/ACHP Award. The following from their award page gives an excellent overview of the site.

"During World War II, Moton Field was where the famed Tuskegee Airmen learned to fly. These African American pilots—along with the gunners, navigators, mechanics and others who worked alongside them—signed up to fight in a global war. Some of their toughest battles, however, were fought at home. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Trainees at Moton Field faced hostility, resistance and poor treatment, but they persevered, learned to fly and served their country with honor. The accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II helped pave the way for full integration of African Americans in the U.S. military.

Since acquiring Moton Field in the 1990s, the National Park Service has worked in partnership with a private architectural/engineering firm, local government, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Tuskegee University and others to preserve the airfield. Eight badly deteriorated buildings were restored or rehabbed, another was completely reconstructed, and four missing buildings were conceptually interpreted. Postwar additions were removed, and the original landscape plan is being reinstated. Throughout the site, special care was taken to provide the required visitor infrastructure with the least possible impact on the site’s historic integrity.

“The Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy was born from the struggle of hard-won battles,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Thanks to thoughtful work by dedicated partners, Moton Field allows visitors to experience a special place where a new American identity took shape, and, because of that work, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site takes its rightful place among America’s treasures.”

“Partnerships among diverse interests in pursuit of the best outcome for the greater good are essential for the proper functioning of both historic preservation and federal agencies, and that’s why the preservation of Moton Field is such a worthy recipient and exemplar of the federal partnerships award,” said Milford Wayne Donaldson, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation."

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"The museum in Hangar #1 is currently open daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day." (source NPS web page cited below) For the other link, I included the Tuskegee Airmen site.
Opening hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Open all year: Except for some holidays

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