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Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation

April 1, 1984 – August 5, 1984

Museum: Anacostia Community Museum

Location: Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, 2405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE

See an expanded version of the exhibition circulated by SITES, including among its additional artifacts photo murals and audio-visual programs, and the flight suit worn by black astronaut Guion Bluford during preparations for his 1983 space shuttle flight.

Also on view are uniforms worn in World War I by the French Lafayette Flying Corps of the type worn by Eugene Bullard, the world's 1st black combat pilot.

The SITES exhibition is divided into four parts: Headwinds, the black pioneers of World War I and the early 1920s; Flight Lines, the changing role of blacks in the 1930s and '40s; Wings for War, black involvement in World War II; and Era of Change, their breakthroughs in commercial aviation after World War II.

Related publication: Black Wings