GeneralIn June 1941, the Tuskegee program was officially started with the formation of the 99th Fighter Squadron, formed up at the Tuskegee Institute, a famous school founded by Booker T. Washington in Tuskegee, Alabama. The unit included an entire service arm, including ground crew, and not just pilots. After basic training at Moton Field, they were moved to the nearby Tuskegee Army Air Field about 10 miles to the west for conversion training onto operational types. They were put under the command of Captain Benjamin O. Davis Jr., a West Point graduate. Colonel Noel Parrish took over as commander. Parrish, though white, was open-minded and petitioned Washington to allow the Airmen to serve in combat.
The Airmen were initially equipped with P-40 Warhawks, later with P-47 Thunderbolts, and finally with the airplane that would become their signature, the P-51 Mustang.
The Allies called the Airmen "Redtails" or "Redtail Angels" because of the distinctive crimson paint jobs on their aircraft' vertical stabilizers.
It has been said that the Redtails were the only fighter group who never lost a bomber to enemy fighters
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ZAPT! : Volume One
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Meet Armand Jones--a typical boy from small town U.S.A. Doesn't like his teachers. Doesn't like homework. Can't stand the bullies constantly harassing him on the bus every day. But what he really won't like is getting ZAPT! Armand is about to be inducted into the ranks of the Pan-galactic Order Of Police, where, like it or not, he'll have to save alien princesses, outwit marauding space thugs and still have to be home in time for dinner! Being a kid is about to get a whole lot harder!
ZAPT! : Volume Two
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It's the continuing adventures of Armand Jones, who's just been inducted into the ranks of the P.O.O.P Corp to save alien civilizations, defeat invading armadas and battle scurvy space pirates...all before recess!
Trade Paperback, 96 Pages, TOKYOPOP, $5.99
Designed for mid-grade readers, ZAPT! is part of Tokyopop’s Manga Readers line, featuring youth-oriented stories, in an easy-to-digest 96-page format.
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