Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Overview

In the 1940's Tuskegee, Alabama became home to a "military experiment" to train America's first African-American military pilots. In time the "experiment" became known as the Tuskegee Experience and the participants as the Tuskegee Airmen. At the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, visitors can learn the history of political pressure that challenged the government to expand the role of African Americans in the military. The Army Air Corps was the first agency to accept the challenge. Tuskegee Institute, a small black college in Alabama, was selected to host the "military experiment" to train African American pilots and support staff--thus the Tuskegee Airmen were born. The outstanding performance of the over 15,000 men and women who shared the "Tuskegee Experience" from 1942-1946, is immortalized here.

The Visitor Center and the #1 Hangar Museum are accessible. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site's Visitor Center houses exhibits and a 26-seat auditorium where historic films that tell different aspects of the Tuskegee Airmen Story are shown. A Scenic Overlook where you can get an overview of historic Moton Field, site of basic and primary flight training for the airmen, is located near the Visitor Center. Site Bulletins available free at the Visitor Center provide a brief history of the various structures that you will see from the overlook. A small Bookstore and Gift Shop with a large variety of unique items for sale to make your visit a memorable one is located in the Visitor Center. So many options and so much history! Visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site today!

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

The Visitor Center is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years days--and when administratively determined due to weather or other emergencies. The Hangar #1 Museum is currently available for scheduled tours Wednesday-Sunday only. Tour times are 11:00 a.m., 1::00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Tours may vary based on pre-scheduled group arrangements. Tours are Ranger-led and begin at the Visitor Center.

Directions

Driving: 

From Atlanta, GA: take I-85 S towards Montgomery. Travel approximately 150 miles to exit 38. Exit and turn left under overpass. Travel 1 mile, turn left on Chappie James Ave. Travel 1/2 mile to visitor parking on left.

From Montgomery, AL: take I-85 N towards Atlanta. Travel approx. 36 miles to exit 38. Exit and turn right. Travel 1 mile to Chappie James Ave. Turn left and travel 1/2 mile to visitor parking on left.

Flying: 

Moton Field Municipal Airport is located adjacent to the Historic Site with a 5,000 foot runway that accommodates small aircraft and private jets. Generally, no commercial flights are available to or from the airport. The nearest major airport is in Montgomery, AL approximately. 50 miles away. Rental cars are available near the Montgomery airport. Take US 80 E to, I-65 N to I-85 N, then follow car directions. The next major airport is located in Atlanta, GA. Follow car directions from Atlanta.