The Beaver County History Coalition is pleased to announce that the special exhibit at Air Heritage, Beaver County Airport includes a WWII Tuskegee Airplane. The Tuskegee Airplane at the Air Heritage Museum is part of the annual History Celebration.
The special exhibit also includes a 53-foot trailer with the history of the men and women who were involved with the special mission.
Western Pennsylvania had the largest contingent of enlistees in the Tuskegee Airmen program. One of the Tuskegee Airmen was Major Willis Sanderlin of Ambridge.
According to the history coalition, Sanderlin was a Top Gun Fighter Pilot with the 99th and 332nd Fighter Group. He was a winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the highest U.S. military honor awarded to skilled fighter pilots in combat. After the war, he became a renowned dentist until his untimely death in an auto accident. He was a professor of dentistry at the Harvard Medical School. His widow, Sylvia Sanderlin, grew up in Ambridge and is now a resident of Leetsdale.
The event was made possible thanks to Air Heritage for hosting the airplane, and with the help and guidance from the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial of the Western Pennsylvania Region (TAM) which aims to preserve the memory of America’s forst black aviators. Western Pennsylvania had the largest contingent of enlistees in the Tuskegee Airmen
Rome Monument and WesBanco provided financial support for the visit of this special historical airplane and exhibit.
The plane and exhibit will be open to the public Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3. Call the foundation office to find out hours at 724-775-1848. Group tours are also available through Sunday. Call the Foundation Office, 724-775-1848, to schedule a tour.
Click here to read about all of the Beaver County Tuskegee Airmen.