The oldest living original Tuskegee Airman died on Saturday.
Willie Rogers was 101.
During World War II, the U.S. military selected Tuskegee Institute to train pilots because of its facilities and engineering and technical instructors, as well as a year-round flying climate. The first civilian pilot training program students completed their instruction in May 1940. The Tuskegee program was then expanded and became the center for African-American aviation during the war.
The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II.