About the Exhibit | Photo Gallery | 99th Pursuit at Chanute
The Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum, a non-profit institution dedicated to the preservation of Chanute Field's legacy and the history of aviation, is proud to have developed the 99th Pursuit Squadron exhibit.
The objective was to preserve and interpret the story of the 99th Pursuit Squadron, from its beginnings at Chanute Field through its service in World War II Italy and beyond.
The 99th Pursuit Squadron is an important part of our history, and we hope this exhibit will help illuminate the struggles and triumphs of these men.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
In the beginning...There were only six their country did not want.
At the end of World War II...
There were more than 10,000 like them their country may not have survived without.
Their sacrifice, courage, and triumph over
adversity are a timeless legacy for all Americans.
An important part of the mission at Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum is the telling of the story of the 99th Pursuit Squadron and its role in the famed accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen.
The 99th Pursuit Squadron was activated on March 19, 1941, at Chanute Field on the east central Illinois prairie. There, the core officers of the 99th began their technical training, and embarked on an odyssey which would forge a timeless legacy for all Americans.
The project's objective is to preserve and interpret the story of the 99th Pursuit Squadron, the core of the first Tuskegee Airmen, from its beginnings at Chanute Field through its service in World War II Italy and beyond in the context of the cultural crucible of segregation, race relations, and the experiences of William R. Thompson and his fellow ground crewmen.
Over 1,000 square feet of exhibit space engages visitors with artifacts, photographs, and an inviting design. The exhibit includes two model dioramas and integrated artwork.
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