PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Several local members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen were on hand at Philadelphia International Airport this morning, for the unveiling of a new exhibit in their honor.
Mayor Nutter helped to unveil the photo essay at the airport, depicting moments in the 70-year history of the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first African-American military pilots.
Dr. Eugene Richardson of West Mount Airy (below right), now 86, is an original Tuskegee airman.
“This is truly an honor,” he told KYW Newsradio. “Philadelphia is giving recognition to the Tuskegee airmen who, it’s said, changed our nation because the performance of Tuskegee airmen in combat inspired President Truman to desegregate the military.”
The exhibition will be in Terminal A East for the next year.
Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060