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Eleanor Roosevelt - Plane Ride at Tuskegee Changes History

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While visiting Tuskegee Institute, in March of 1941, Eleanor Roosevelt - then America's First Lady - rode in a small plane piloted by Charles "Chief" Anderson.  At the time, the U.S. government did not allow African-American pilots to fly U.S. military planes.

Anderson was a very experienced pilot who also happened to be African-American.  By flying with a black pilot, on the 29th of March 1941, Mrs. Roosevelt demonstrated that she disagreed with the commonly held belief.

Soon after his wife's flight with Anderson, President Roosevelt issued an Executive Order allowing African Americans to fully participate in military programs.  A flight school, already operating at Tuskegee, was then staffed with white military officers who began training black cadets how to fly.

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Photo of Eleanor Roosevelt with Charles "Chief" Anderson, online courtesy FDR Presidential Library and Museum.

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