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Legendary Aviators Tuskegee Airmen Receive NBAA's Highest Honor at NBAA2012

October 31, 2012

The Tuskegee Airmen, a legendary group of aviators who successfully battled discrimination and adversity as they defended their country in World War II, were bestowed NBAA’s highest honor – the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award – at NBAA’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention. “We are honored to present this award to these storied aviators, who in a time of great peril defended the United States and its principles, even as they faced intolerance at home," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Named for the Alabama home of their training base, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces, flying more than 1,500 combat missions from June 1943 through April 1945.

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