With the movie Red Tails coming to theaters on January 20, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terence Howard, you might want to learn more about the amazing aviators in our US History at these local museums.

Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight
Through Monday, January 16
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
888.BE.THERE (1-888-238-4373)

The invention of the airplane in the first decades of the 20th century was a fundamental turning point in history—radically and forever changing travel, commerce, and warfare. But for African Americans, the social reality of racial exclusion cast a shadow over the shining promise of the aviation industry.

Through the decades, however, a steady stream of determined pioneers defied convention, broke through the racial barriers, and opened up new worlds of possibility for succeeding generations of pilots and astronauts.

Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight takes a closer look at the remarkable story of African Americans in aerospace history. Developed by noted scholar and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum curator Von Hardesty, the exhibition traces the history of African Americans in flight, from the thrilling barnstormers of the early 1920s like Bessie Coleman, to the equally daring astronauts of the 21st century. This stirring collection of historic and contemporary photographs, artifacts, first-hand interviews, and stories offers a compelling overview of an inspiring saga.

On MLK Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, there will be a special presentation featuring astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris at the Washington State History Museum. Dr. Harris is the first African American to walk in space.

Tuskegee Airmen Aircraft Tour: P-51 & P-40
Sunday, February 19
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

Come for a tour of the WWII aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. The P-51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk will be on display at the museum and a tour guide will give you the “tip to tail” information.


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