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Lake Huron Red Tails! The Tuskegee Airmen Project


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This event is free, but RSVP via the Wayne State events calendar is required due to seating limitations.


Throughout much of World War II the Tuskegee Airmen, African American members of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Corps, trained at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan. In August 2015 the State of Michigan's Maritime Archaeologist, Wayne Lusardi, led an expedition to lower Lake Huron where in 1944 a Bell P39 Airacobra flown by Tuskegee airman Lieutenant Frank Moody crashed into the lake during a World War II training mission. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was not found until 2014. Utilizing the skills and experiences of a variety of partners including law enforcement agencies, the State of Michigan, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and members of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers and Diving with a Purpose, he organized and led a team that was able to document most of the scattered pieces of the wrecked aircraft. Join us as Wayne Lusardi walks us through the discovery, documentation and research that's been done on this project.

The WSU Planetarium is located on the lower level of the Old Main Building, 4841 Cass Avenue. An accessible drop-off location right next to the planetarium entrance is in the service drive off Hancock avenue, but cars may not park here. An additional accessible entrance to the lower level of Old Main is the Warren Aveune entrance.