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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 13, 2018 02:21 PM
From: Senator Randy Vulakovich and Sen. Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Honoring the 77th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen
Next week, we plan to introduce a resolution honoring the 77th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American military pilots who served honorably during World War II.

On March 22, 1941, with the threat of involvement in a global war looming, the U.S. Army Air Corps 99th Pursuit Squadron was activated, becoming the first African-American fighter squadron. After having been trained at a segregated air base named Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, these elite military pilots became known as the first Tuskegee Airmen. As World War II reached American shores, all subsequent African-American military pilots trained in Tuskegee would be known as Tuskegee Airmen. Eventually, the Tuskegee Airmen would form the famous 332nd Fighter Group, which was also known as the "Red Tails" due to the distinctive red markings on the tails of their aircraft. During World War II, approximately 1,000 African-American pilots became Tuskegee Airmen. Combined, they flew over 15,000 sorties, and lost 66 men in the line of duty, demonstrating one of the lowest loss records of any escort fighter group.

Last year, SR 50 was sponsored by Senators Vulakovich, Argall, Aument, Blake, Browne, Dinniman, Eichelberger, Farnese, Folmer, Fontana, Greenleaf, Hughes, Killion, Martin, McIlhinney, Mensch, Rafferty, Reschenthaler, Sabatina, Scavello, Schwank, Tartaglione, Ward, White and Yudichak

Please join us in sponsoring this resolution honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. If you have any questions, please contact Nate Silcox, of Sen. Vulakovich's staff, at 717-787-6538.

Introduced as SR290