Tuskegee Airmen focus of exhibit
Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 9:06 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Tuskegee Airmen and their connections to Kentucky are the focus of an exhibit this month at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.
The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs says the exhibit includes 15 replica scale-model planes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen and a uniformed mannequin of the unit’s commander.
The agency says the Ali Center display will be the first public exhibit of a half-scale replica of the nose of a plane whose pilot shot down three German planes in one day. The pilot’s crew chief was from Henderson and Louisville.
The exhibit is the accomplishment of Nicholasville resident Ron Spriggs. The department says that Spriggs started buying items for the exhibit in 2002. Those items range from books to models of the planes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen.
The department contributed some of the funding to bring the exhibit to Louisville.
Published in The Messenger 2.4.11