Tuskegee (Weather) Airmen: Black Meteorologists in World War II. - Air Power History

Tuskegee (Weather) Airmen: Black Meteorologists in World War II.

By Air Power History

  • Release Date: 2006-06-22
  • Genre: Engineering


World War II saw the breakthrough of blacks (1) into many areas of military service previously denied them. Although racial segregation allowed only a very few the full range of opportunities available, those who broke through the numerous barriers built a record of significant accomplishment. One area denied to blacks was service in Army Air Corps (later Army Air Forces (2)). (3) This denial extended to any support position in the Air Corps, including meteorological observing and forecasting. Creation of segregated flying units during World War II required they be manned by personnel fully trained in all support and technical specialties. How this process unfolded during and after the war illustrates some of the problems and contradictions created by the institutionalized segregation of the American military and society it reflected as the U.S. entered World War II. Expansion of the Air Corps Weather Service