National Aviation Day Tribute

August 19, 2009

Today is National Aviation Day and it is fitting to recognize certain individuals for their contribution to our freedom in America and the art that keeps the story alive. These are:

The Tuskegee Airmen and Stan Stokes

If you are not familiar with the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, they are our unrecognized African American heroes in the United States who fought in WWII. An era when African Americans got little to no respect and credit. Via


Tuskegee Airman Bob Williams


Fighter Pilots are the elite of the military. They have proven to be the masters of the hottest pieces of machinery in the air and the intelligence to use that machine in a duel with an equally equipped enemy and come out the victor.


These men had been looked down on as inferior and incapable of piloting an airplane. They had to force those in charge to give them the chance to try and when given that chance, they excelled. In the end, the “Tuskegee Airmen” earned the right to carry the esteemed title of “Fighter Pilot.”

Stan Stokes the artist, biographer, author, historian, lecturer….the amazing human being…has worked for years to get the story out about the Tuskegee Airmen working directly with the heroes themselves.

You can contribute by first learning about the story, then sharing it today as a celebration of National Aviation Day and our African American heroes.

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  • Reply DowntownRob August 19, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I wasn’t familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen until now, much thanks. I’ll have to hunt down the HBO movie as well. The link isn’t hot, but I visited and it’s great. I’m curious why it’s important to you, a personal connection in some way?

    • Reply Melonie Gallegos August 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm

      Yes personal connection plus I believe in the cause and admire the art.

  • Reply denise rybicki August 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    What a dedicated artist Stan is. He will be remembered for his gifted art work.

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