By Faye Gaston

On Veterans Day we honor our military veterans. We remember the renowned Tuskegee Airmen who learned how to fly at historic Moton Field in the 1940s, the original training home.

The Tuskegee Airmen were America's first Black pilots and they possessed unwavering courage and patriotism. The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen sparked the founding of the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation to teach the next generation of pilots to follow in their historic footsteps.

The Red Tail Scholarship Foundation (RTSF) is an Alabama based non-profit that provides mentorship and resources to aspiring African-Americans to be pilots.

The RTSF's website summarizes the vision: "To find qualified, motivated students who demonstrate all of the values that the original Tuskegee Airmen embodied and give them the tools necessary to succeed in the field."

Minority high school and college students who are motivated to pursue careers in aviation will receive scholarships and training to fly commercial and military aircraft. They can attain a private pilot's license and advanced pilot ratings and/or certifications as an aircraft mechanic.

Some of the student pilots have grandfathers and relatives who were Tuskegee Airmen. During their historic beginnings, nearly all of the Tuskegee Airmen were college graduates or undergraduates who came from all over the country.

In addition to training 1,000 pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen program trained nearly 14,000 navigators, bombardiers, instructors, aircraft and engine mechanics, control tower operators, and other maintenance and support staff.

For more information about the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation, contact (334) 721 FLY1.

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