National Park Service.
Before the first African American military pilots became known as the "Red Tails" they wore striped tails as they began their flight training in the Army's PT-17 Stearman bi-plane. Their flying adventure started at Moton Field, in Tuskegee, Alabama, where the Army Air Corps conducted a military test to determine if African Americans could be trained to fly combat aircraft.
To reach Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site... From Atlanta, GA - Take I-85S towards Montgomery, AL for approximately 127 miles to Exit 38. Turn left at the stop sign and travel 1/2 mile and turn left on Chappie James Ave. Follow the signs to the Parking Area on left. Follow the path downhill to the Historic Site. From Montgomery, AL - Take I-85N towards Atlanta, GA for approximately 36 miles to Exit 38. Turn right at the stop sign and travel 1/2 mile and turn left on Chappie James Ave.