Retired Air Force historian Dan Haulman in an interview said this of the Tuskegee airman “of the 179 bomber escort missions, they lost bombers to enemy aircraft on only seven of those missions.” He added that they only lost 27 bombers in total, while other groups lost 46 bombers on average. He said that accurate weather forecasting was critical to their success, as pilots needed to know what conditions to expect on their missions. “Just as the black pilots proved that they could fly military aircraft in combat as well as the white pilots, so did the black weather personnel prove that they could perform meteorological functions as well as the white officers,” he said. The Tuskegee Weathermen were pioneers in both the American armed forces, as well as the civilian world. By proving that black Americans could undergo the same rigorous academic and military training as their white counterparts, the Tuskegee Weathermen laid the foundation for numerous generations to come.
(Credit for information in this article goes to Jeremy Deaton/Washington Post, Paul Goodloe/The Weather Channel, Gerald White, Jr/Air Power History, Summer 2006, USAF, Air Force Historical Research Agency).
Meteorologist Paul Dorian
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