San Diego Air & Space Museum Exhibit Honors Tuskegee Airmen


This undated photo provided by the Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows Lawrence Dickson, a New York pilot killed during World War II. Dickson is first of the 27 Tuskegee Airmen still listed as missing in action whose remains the Pentagon says they have identified through DNA samples provided by his daughter in New Jersey. Dickson was a 24-year-old captain in the 100th Fighter Squadron when his P-51 fighter plane was seen crashing along the Italy-Austria border during a mission on Dec. 23, 1944. Searches for the crash site were unsuccessful until 2012. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP)
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 The men who broke the color barrier in the military have a permanent display in the Southern California Museum. Georgia Kelly says the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit is truly inspiring.

“It gives me a sense of pride because, being a Black person, I know what we have done and what we can do.”

The exhibit features a fighter plane along with paintings and photographs of the men described as American heroes. The museum’s president, Jim Kidrick, says the Tuskegee Airmen are important in history.

“It’s integral to the history of us, the history of the United States. I think it’s important for us to look at it inspirationally, aspirationally,” Kidrick said.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is open seven days a week.

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