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The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II. They were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to segregation. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. All black military pilots who trained in the United States trained at Tuskegee, Alabama.
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July 18th, 2013
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