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Tuskegee Airmen Visit Reno

Three original Tuskegee Airmen are in sparks this weekend, taking part in the Tuskegee airmen Western Regional Conference. The conference is to help initiate a new Tuskegee chapter in the Reno area.         

"It was great," said Tuskegee fan Greg Saavedra. "They are down to earth guys, and Igot to ask questions."

"They saved a lot of lives because they flew near the bombers, and they fought in the war, helping stop Hitler and stuff," said 13-year-old Nathaniel Schmitt.

Theodore Lumpkin, Robert Ashby, and Boyd Taylor were members of the original Tuskegee airmen who fought during World War Two.

If you're not familiar with who the Tuskegee Airmen are, they were the first African American aviators in the United States Army.

Today, they spent time meeting people, taking pictures, signing books, posters, and movies.

In total there were over 1,000 Tuskegee Airmen. More than 400 saw active combat during the war. 66 of those died, while over 30 were taken as prisoners of war.

The struggles of fighting discrimination were the roughest for  Lt. Col Robert Ashby.

Segregation was the biggest part," he said." As far as flying an airplane, that came natural. I had no problem with it, and most guys didn't, even though most thought we were not capable of doing it."

Written By Landon Miller

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