Black History

Charles AndrsonTuskegee Airman…

Charles “Chief” Anderson passed away at age 89 in his home in Tuskegee, Alabama, he suffered from colon cancer. Charles Anderson was a very significant person with the Tuskegee Airmen. He was an important person because he was the one who persuaded towards the training of military aviation at Tuskegee Institute. He was also a Chief flight instructor while Tuskegee was doing the CPTP or the Civilian Pilot Training Program. He also taught civilian pilot training at Howard University, D.C. Chief gave Eleanor Roosevelt a plane ride because she thought that blacks couldn’t fly airplanes. He gave her a ride and then she returned thinking otherwise. The CPT was also a big boost for the training of blacks in the military. As the Chief Flight Instructor Charles trained over 1,000 blacks at Moton Field.

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