Lancaster in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
In our tradition of honoring American aviators who have flown into the pages of history, the City of Lancaster dedicates this monument to the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, America's first black fighter pilots. The sacrifices and triumphs of the "Red Tailed Angels" proved not only that they were worthy of their wings, but that the human spirit cannot be bound by what others believe. Trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, they transformed the face of the United States Armed Forces, waging war both at home and abroad for the principles of freedom and equality.
Erected 1999 by Landcaster City Council.
Location. 34° 41.897′ N, 118° 8.34′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on West Lancaster Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located just to the right of the entrance to the Western Hotel Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 573 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster CA 93535, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Hotel (here, next to this marker); John A. Manke Thomas C. McMurtry (a few steps from this marker); Col. Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens, USAF (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred Wallace Haise (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) (within shouting distance of this marker); John B. "Jack" McKay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Also see . . . Tuskegee Airmen. "Tuskegee Airmen" refers to all who were involved in the so-called "Tuskegee Experiment," the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air. (Submitted on March 1, 2012.)
Categories. • African Americans • Air & Space • War, World II •
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