Moton Field was built by Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, in 1941 after the school contracted with the U.S. Army to provide primary flight training for the nation's first African American military pilots. By the end of World War II almost 1,000 African Americans had earned their wings, and their flight training began here. Thousands of military and civilian support personnel helped them reach their goal.
My eyes were opened to new vistas. I mean, I just didn't imagine that I, as a black person at that time, would have this opportunity.
George Abercrombie, 2001
From here you can see Moton Field
from nearly the same viewpoint
as this historic photograph, taken
about 1945. The hangar nearest you
built in 1941, was the first hangar
built at Moton Field. The farther
hangar with the control tower
followed in 1943 as part of the rapid
expansion of the flying program.