TROY, Ala. (WTVY) – The city of Troy marked the end of Black History Month by honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, a well-known group of African American fighter pilots from World War 2.
The Tuskegee airmen were the first African American pilots, and were famous for their missions during World War 2.
One of the hangars at the Troy Municipal Airport was home to their easily recognizable red-tailed airplanes.
It was brought to Troy from Moton Field Municipal Airport.
Now, thanks to a new historic marker visitors will know its history.
Edward Rowell, Troy University Trustee says, "We've created a path that opens the aperture for other African Americans without hesitation to go and soar their wings."
Dothan native, Sherman Rose was a Tuskegee airmen instructor pilot
His daughter... Sharon hopes the next generation hears this message.
"That they can be and become men and woman who will make a positive difference in life and can do it through aviation and that there are many opportunities available through aviation."
The legacy of the airmen still lives and will never be forgotten.
The Tuskegee airmen earned 96 distinguished flying crosses during their missions.
If you are interested in visiting the marker, it's located at the Troy Municipal Airport.