Opening segment of "Army Air Forces special film project 151" known as "Wings for This Man". Negro airmen being trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field, Alabama during World War II. Panoramic views of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Monument to Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Institute. Construction of airstrip near Tuskegee Institute. Planes , barracks, and building after construction of airfield nearby. Negro pilots, Tuskegee Airmen, board P-40 airplanes and take off during training flights. Various training classes cover topics such as navigation, engine basics, instruments and instrument flying. Trainee in a link trainer, and later in a BT-13 trainer airplane in flight (presumably under a hood). Trainees engage in calisthenics. BT-13 performs barrel roll. Aircraft seen in various scenes include: Lockheed P-38s; Vultee BT-13s; P-40s; and Stearman trainer. (Note: Narrator is Ronald Reagan)
A negro boy on a donkey rides down a street in Tuskegee, Alabama. Sign boards at shops read "Atlanta Life Insurance Co", "Tuskegee Cafe" and "Cigarettes and Cigars We Serve Froze-rite Ice Cream". Close up views of a negro man and an elderly negro woman in a horse driven cart. Close up of a young negro man. A simple wooden house in a rural setting. The door opens and a negro family of eight people are seen in the doorway, posing for the camera with smiling children. A white man talks with a Negro man and two women converse on the front porch of a house. Two women with a boy. Two men talk standing at a well and discussing the well. View of rural farm land and freshly plowed rows. Negro men in a farm field rake and spread straw. Two men appear to be spreading the straw with small sticks or brushing at it to look beneath the straw. Footage is during Great Depression years.
Corner stone of church reads: "Sweet Gum A.M.E. Zion Church 1868. Rebuilt 1905." View of the unpainted wooden church, with many panes of its stain glass windows missing or damaged. ( The church is located at 560 Old Montgomery Hwy, Shorter, Alabama, near city of Tuskegee.) Rocky area at intersection of roads. A pile of rough hewn timbers. A large industrial building (possibly a mill). African American masons and painters on scaffold work on front of building, identified by sign reading:"Farmer's Alliance Warehouse." Nearby sign reads: "Fortner's Country Market." Cars parked in road by the stores. A pig and two piglets seen on the dirt road. Negro man and woman walk slowly down along a rough dirt path or dirt road.
Negro women sit in Tuskegee, Alabama. A girl holds a cat. Two small children at steps. A boy cleans his face. A man with a hammer on shoulder. Children play with sand at a table. A Negro girl sweeps on ground.
A countryside road in Tuskegee, Alabama. A pit. Rough land. A car passes. A big tree at field. A wooden house. A house in between large height trees. A Negro man cuts logs. Countryside terrain.
Two men on stage during graduation ceremonies of Tuskegee University in the United States. Negro students in convocation gowns and caps. New graduates file out of the graduation ceremony, pose for pictures and then visit with friends and family. A statue of Booker T Washington at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. View of stone inscription at base of the statue.