You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were, and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw
Quest To Be The Best
The true story of the Tuskegee Airmen is far broader than one of just aviation and the first American Black Military Pilots and Crewmen to serve during WWII. Their story and contributions were not recognized for decades, until the 1995 HBO movie release "The Tuskegee Airmen" presented their inspiring story of unwavering human spirit, courage and enduring determination. The Quest To Be The Best. Not only could black men become pilots, but they were arguably the most skilled aviators of World War II.
Since the film's release there has been a wide misunderstanding that all Tuskegee Airmen flew pursuit and escort missions in Red-Tailed P-51 Mustangs in WWII. Not the case. Only a fraction of these airmen actually flew fighter aircraft, including the P-40, P-47 and P-39. The vast majority of Tuskegee Airmen were assigned to other duties such as ground personnel, nurses, mechanics and instructors. Many also served in the 477th Bombardment Group as navigators, bombardiers, pilots and co-pilots on the B-25 Mitchell.
It would be Lt. Col Harvey's natural abilities as a top aviator that would later distinguish him as the military's "First Black" Jet Fighter Pilot to fly missions over Korean Airspace. This website will present the inspiring story of James H Harvey III, the Tuskegee Airmen and the First Top Gun competition along with pages of aviation history and related links. This is the only source available to purchase collectible items commemorating the Tuskegee Airmen and their victory at the 1949 USAF Top Gun weapons meet. We welcome you to "Tuskegee Top Gun."
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