On View
Segregation Gallery
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
Manufactured by
Boeing Corporation, American, founded 1916
Used by
Tuskegee Institute, American, founded 1881
Subject of
Tuskegee Airmen, 1941 - 1946
ca. 1944
steel, aluminum, copper alloy, wood, polyester, rubber, plastic
H x W x D (2011.82.1): 114 × 386 × 300 in. (289.6 × 980.4 × 762 cm)
H x W x D (2011.82.2 baggage claim door): 21 1/2 × 30 3/4 × 2 3/4 in. (54.6 × 78.1 × 7 cm)
A vintage, open-cockpit biplane—one used at Alabama’s renowned Tuskegee Institute to train African American pilots for Army Air Corps service during World War II.
The body of the PT-13D Stearman Kaydet aircraft is painted blue and the wings are painted yellow. The tail is yellow with red and white stripes. The numbers "18303" are white and located on the left and right sides of fuselage. "Spirit of Tuskegee" is printed in red and located on the left and right sides of engine cowl. There are two stars located on either side of the top wing. The stars are white within a black circle. Within the white stars are red circles. On the cargo cover are the signatures of 36 former Tuskegee Airmen.
Transportation Vehicles
training aircraft
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Tuskegee Airmen
World War II
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions

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