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Historical Markers in Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama

 
Clickable Map of Macon County, Alabama and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Macon County, AL (86) Bullock County, AL (23) Elmore County, AL (42) Lee County, AL (72) Montgomery County, AL (356) Russell County, AL (68) Tallapoosa County, AL (48)  MaconCounty(86) Macon County (86)  BullockCounty(23) Bullock County (23)  ElmoreCounty(42) Elmore County (42)  LeeCounty(72) Lee County (72)  MontgomeryCounty(356) Montgomery County (356)  RussellCounty(68) Russell County (68)  TallapoosaCounty(48) Tallapoosa County (48)
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is in Macon County
      Macon County (86)  
      Bullock County (23)  
      Elmore County (42)  
      Lee County (72)  
      Montgomery County (356)  
      Russell County (68)  
      Tallapoosa County (48)  
 
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1Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — A Bit to EatTuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Known as the Tea Room, this small lunchroom was built during the initial expansion phase of Moton Field in 1942 and 1943, when amenities such as offices and bathrooms not built into the original hangar were added. Here, personnel stationed at . . . Map (db m64362) HM
2Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — A Typical DayTuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Try to imagine how Moton Field looked and sounded when the cadets trained here. Compare the scene today to the photograph below, taken from your vantage point around 1944. As the pace of training accelerated during the war, Moton Field became a very . . . Map (db m64366) HM
3Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Anticipation
During World War II a guard house stood just outside the brick entrance gates to Moton Field. The framed structure closest to you is a representation of the guard house. The historic entrance gates are just beyond. How excited the young cadets must . . . Map (db m99927) HM
4Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Bath and Locker HouseTuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
This building was completed in 1941 as a restroom, shower, and locker room for administrative and support personnel. It had facilities for both men and women. Both black and white may have used the building. If so, it almost certainly would have . . . Map (db m64361) HM
5Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Fire Suppression Pond
A fire at an airfield, with highly flammable materials everywhere, could be catastrophic. The Bath and Locker House fire shown here highlighted the need for a dependable water supply for firefighting. A pond met that need. It also helped control . . . Map (db m100251) HM
6Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — FIRE!Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The Fire Protection Shed in front of you was used to store equipment such as hoses, fire extinguishers, and tools for fighting fires. Fire was always a danger at the airfield because of the flammable materials used in airplanes and the fuels . . . Map (db m64364) HM
7Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Ghost Structures
The Cadet House and the Army Supply Building provided much-needed space when training operations expanded in 1942 and 1943. The Cadet House also held a cadet classroom and waiting room, a coat room, and the Flight Surgeon's Office. The Army Supply . . . Map (db m100252) HM
8Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Hangar No. 1
In Hangar No. 1 flying became real for the aviation cadet. The hangar housed the main activities of the airfield, including flight debriefings, flight record-keeping, aircraft maintenance, and military and civilian management. Several smaller . . . Map (db m64365) HM
9Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — It Was Called "Dope"
During World War II primary training airplanes were built mostly of wood and fabric. Ground crews sealed and strengthened the fabric with several applications of a highly flammable, explosive acetate coating called "dope." This shed was used to . . . Map (db m100253) HM
10Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Moton Field Expands
This is the site of Hangar No. 2, completed in early 1944 in response to the tremendous increase in the number of cadets training at Moton Field. The building, nearly identical to Hangar No. 1, contained classrooms, a briefing room, a medical . . . Map (db m99931) HM
11Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — New Vistas
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 . . . Map (db m99940) HM
12Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Oil Storage Shed
This ventilated shed provided safe and convenient storage for the large quantities and various grades of oil used at Moton Field for the maintenance of airplanes and service vehicles. It has been adapted to house the site's fire protection system. . . . Map (db m100254) HM
13Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Prepared to Fight and Die
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site commemorates the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II—and to American society afterward. The site preserves Moton Field, where the airmen trained before going to war. Their courageous . . . Map (db m99938) HM
14Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — The Control TowerTuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
From Moton Field’s Control Tower, controllers directed flight operations and signaled landing instructions to pilots through a system of flashing colored lights. Dispatchers called cadets for their flights. The tower overlooked the busy – . . . Map (db m64363) HM
15Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — The Place Where We Learned to Fly
Over 1,000 cadets learned to fly here at Moton Field, taking off and landing on an open, grassy field beyond the structures below. The field was used so intensely for primary flight training during World War II that the aircraft soon rutted the . . . Map (db m99941) HM
16Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — The Tuskegee Airmen
The first African American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps were the public face of the Tuskegee Airmen. They made extraordinary contributions to the Allied victory in Europe during World War II. But their success was made possible by the . . . Map (db m99934) HM
17Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — They Came to Tuskegee
Young African American men came to Tuskegee from all over the nation to train as military pilots. They began with primary flight training here at Tuskegee Institute's Moton Field. Tuskegee Institute also had a smaller field, Kennedy Field, where . . . Map (db m100255) HM
18Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Waiting for the Bus
The tarmac between the two hangars was a busy part of Moton Field. Cadets arriving by bus were dropped off here and went to their duties in preparation for flight training. Others boarded the buses to return to the Tuskegee Institute campus. Fuel . . . Map (db m99681) HM
19Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Warehouse/Vehicle Storage
This building served as the garage for Moton Field's small fleet of support vehicles. It provided storage at night and "drive-through" vehicle maintenance by day. Rooms on the north side provided office space for maintenance staff and file storage . . . Map (db m100256) HM
 
 
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