The Tuskegee Airmen
I am proud to be a member of the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones chapter of The Tuskegee Airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American men who served our country with distinction during World War II. These men made an impact on society that went beyond their military service.
The Tuskegee Airmen were able to rise above adversity by adhering to six guiding principles:
THE “RISE ABOVE” PRINCIPLES
1) Aim High;
2) Believe in Yourself;
3) Use Your Brain;
4) Be Ready to Go;
5) Never Quit;
6) Expect to Win.
The Mile High Flight Program is sponsored by the Colorado Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, and these principles are the foundation of the program.
About 60 high school students enroll in Phase 1 of the program each school year. Throughout the year, these students are introduced to aviation and aeronautics through a series of tours to facilities including, the Air Force Academy, the United Airlines Flight Training facility, and the United Launch Alliance.
Mentoring by a group of professional pilots is an important aspect of the program and these pilots selflessly serve as very powerful role models. Our primary message is that through hard work, determination and a good “flight plan”, all things are possible. Aviation is simply the vehicle that we use to teach values and principles.
A few of the students are selected to continue to Phase 2 of the program where they will learn to fly. At the end of the program, these students will take off and land a very expensive airplane by themselves. They will fly solo. They will earn the title, Pilot.
The title Pilot wasn’t given, it was earned through hard work, determination and merit, just like the original Tuskegee airmen. These students learned that if they can fly an airplane, they can do anything.
The Mile High Flight program touches lives, launches careers and has an impact beyond what we are able to see. This is an extraordinary program that uses aviation as the vehicle to teach life-lessons to our young people, some of whom do not have mentors or role models. The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen lives on.
Visit the web site of the Colorado Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Visit the Mile High Flight Program’s Facebook page .
Read about my involvement in the program.