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Flying Into History With DSU and Tuskegee Airmen

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DOVER, Del. - Delmarva has a rich African American history, but when you hear "Tuskegee Airmen," you don't typically think of the "Eastern Shore".  We'll explain the important connection these war heroes have to one of our local schools.

From the streets to the cockpit.  That's the motto of Delaware State University's Aviation Program.  They invited WMDT to fly with them on a very special day.  The day they honored their connection to the Tuskegee Airmen, recognizing one of the original members of this historic fleet, George Watson Senior.

Sharing some words of wisdom with the crowd of both new and old faces, Watson says "the young kids will look at you wondering how you went through them and still continue," "you get in a job, you don't quit it and do the best you can and you'll make it."

But what does Delaware State University have to do with those fly-boys from Alabama?  

Philippe DeRoser, Chief Flight Instructor for the school's aviation program says "Delaware State College [Delaware State University's name at the time] was one of the original CPT programs , Civilian Pilot Training, programs that was selected by the federal government at the time to take people off the street and move them on to places just like Tuskegee." 

Dr. Daniel Coons, the founder of the DSU Aviation Program says "We like to call ourselves the new Tuskegee airmen."  With eleven planes and just over 100 students, the program is training young men and women to be the aviation pioneers of the future.  

Once just a casual observer, after Jarred Hill now admits he has a new appreciation for what the Tuskegee airmen have done, and what the folks at DSU continue to do.

According to the director, Delaware State's aviation program is booming, and there's so much interest, the school is actually having a hard time trying to schedule students for time in the planes.

 

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