Training aircraft used by Tuskegee Institute

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Manufactured by
Boeing Corporation
Used by
Tuskegee Institute, American, founded 1881
Subject of
Tuskegee Airmen, 1941 - 1946
Medium
steel, aluminum, copper alloy, wood, polyester, rubber, plastic
Dimensions
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)
Type
training aircraft
Date
ca. 1944
Caption
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.
Description
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. Personal signatures of former Tuskegee Airmen are located on the cargo cover.
Topic
African American
Military
Tuskegee Airmen
World War II
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.82.1-.2
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Transportation Vehicles
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture