Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Black History Month: Pittsburgh and Black Aviation

This week WQED is airing it's special on: Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania's Tuskegee Airmen . From the Nullspace archives: Pittsburgh has more to contribute to the history of Black Aviation than just that. See the post from last year on the impact of Pittsburgher Charles Wesley Peters in the history of Black aviation.

and just one of those odd small world comments. My father served on the ship Tuskegee Victory (later renamed the USNS Dutton) at the end of World War II. The ship was named for the university and he served as a member of the ships Naval Armed Guard. The ship is actually still afloat in Texas but slated for disposal imminently. As you can probably tell, I am a big fan of data transparency all around... nonetheless I have to say that pictures like this of the mothballed fleet down in Texas freak me out a bit. You can zoom right onto the deck of those ships.

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