The eight-week display opens at 10 a.m. at the museum, 150 Airport Dr.
The exhibit highlights the efforts of the first African-American aviators in the U.S. military in combat in World War II.
The aviators were part of an effort by the War Department to determine if African-Americans had the capabilities to be effective combat aviators. This “test” became known as the “Tuskegee Experiment,” Museum Board President Carolyn Verver said.
In early 1943, the first squadron of black aviators deployed to North Africa to enter combat and to begin a critical test phase of the Tuskegee project with the outcome impacting future opportunities of African-Americans in and outside the military.
The exhibition provides information on racial relations in America before World War II and African-American involvement in early aviation.
Photographs, featuring carefully researched depiction of events, models, maps and graphics, are designed to present and inform visitors about the men, the aircraft and the operations in which they participated.