Airmen Legacy: Full Circle Perspective

Airmen Legacy: Full Circle Perspective is a blog written by Tuskegee native, Kim Davis in which she shares her thoughts on the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen juxtaposed to the  potential impact of the T-100.

It’s the perfect place…Moton Field in historic Tuskegee, the original location where the world famous Tuskegee Airmen trained in the 1940’s.

Every time I tour the Airmen museum, I am mesmerized by all of the pictures, the stories and the incredible history. Like one of my favorites, Fannie Gunn Boyd and the girls, the all female mechanics crew who, as she proudly said, Jack ‘Em Up. “But when we’d do a 100-hour check…we’d have to take the big front wheels off. And we could, the girls, women would do just that,” she said.

Fannie Gunn Boyd was the first female mechanic for the Tuskegee Airmen. She was knowledgeable, skilled and adept and could “fix just about anything back in those days, including cars,” she remembered about those extraordinary days at Moton Field.

There are so many treasures at the Airmen museum.   For me, it has been a treasure to walk those hallowed grounds that soon, I, like you, believe will become the new home for the T-100 jet trainer Leonardo DRS proposes to build at historic Moton Field.

The words “full circle” resonate now more today than ever before since Leonardo DRS announced a year ago on March 30 that indeed, they’d come “full circle” from Tuskegee to Italy in 1943 and now Italy to Tuskegee in 2018.

Tuskegee, the city Leonardo DRS chose from 143 other American cities for this game-changing project that will, in fact, continue the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and train the next generation.   This project, will, in fact, generate hundreds of direct new jobs and thousands of new supplier-related jobs.

Tuskegee, the city now abuzz with the words “T-100 jet trainer.” It’s all everyone is talking about and believing in.

The T-100 jet trainer has led to a new wave of excitement and hometown pride. The T-100 jet trainer has also led to a new Tuskegee/Macon County unity that’s spread like wildfire from regional counties and cities that have passed Resolutions of Support for the T-100.

Auburn. Opelika. Lee County. Russell County. Bullock County. Tallapoosa County. Autauga County. Pike County. Chilton County. Elmore County. Wetumpka.

Later today, Montgomery County will pass a Resolution of Support for the T-100. What a unifying level of collaboration from the local, regional and state communities and the productive teamwork from the local, regional and state communities, too, which continue to pour in.

I have not been involved in a project that has generated such close partnerships between the elected leaders, neighboring cities and counties, business community, education leaders, public officials and private citizens.

No wonder we’re all rallying behind the mantra: When We Win!

Here’s the ongoing list of supporters who’ve passed a Resolution of Support for the T-100 jet trainer as of Week 31…

  • Autauga County Commission
  • Tuskegee (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in Honor and Memory of the Legacy of Mildred Louise Hemmons Carter
  • Bullock County Commission
  • A.C. Bulls Family
  • Priority Soldier
  • Do It Center
  • Upsilon Chapter, Tuskegee, Alabama of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc,
  • Citizens Hardware and Building Supply
  • Milstead Farm Group
  • Davis-Moore Nursery
  • Tallapoosa County Commission
  • Harris Barrett School and Alumni
  • The People’s Funeral Home
  • Star Mindingall Water Authority
  • Tuskegee Institute High School Class of 1976
  • Tuskegee Institute High School Class of 1974
  • Alabama Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc.
  • Golden Life Center Ministry of Greater Saint Mark Missionary Baptist Church
  • Alabama State Leadership Conference of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.-Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter, Tuskegee
  • McKenzie’s Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Alabama League of Municipalities
  • Aviation Council of Alabama
  • Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  • Stoneage Mass Reunion
  • Macon County Republican Party
  • Tuskegee Institute High School Class of 1970
  • Town of Franklin
  • Town of Shorter
  • AMEA, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority
  • World Conference of Mayors
  • Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance (HBTSA)
  • Town of Notasulga
  • Macon County Farmers Federation (Executive Board)
  • Macon County Chapter, Alabama New South Coalition
  • Macon County Democratic Conference, an Affiliate of the Alabama Democratic Conference
  • Tuskegee Historic Preservation Commission
  • Macon County-Tuskegee Public Library Board of Trustees
  • First Friday Night Supper Club at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
  • Loretta’s University Cleaners
  • AARP
  • Tuskegee National Alumni Association
  • Tuskegee University Local Alumni Club
  • Alabama County Commission Association
  • Utilities Board of Tuskegee (UBT)
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Tuskegee University Alumni Club
  • Macon County Commission
  • Macon County Board of Education
  • NAACP
  • City of Tuskegee
  • National Bar Association
  • The Tuskegee News
  • Alabama House of Representatives
  • Macon County Economic Development Authority
  • Alabama Senate
  • Governor Kay Ivey
  • Alabama Commerce Department