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)
Henry Brown and his wife and two children board a horse cart. The horse cart moves, passing fields, trees and stores in Tuskegee, Macon County, including WJ Brantleys grocery market and the Macon Theatre on Northside Street. They reach an Army Air Force Base (Moton Field). Henry's eldest son, a cadet of 99th Pursuit Squadron (Tuskegee Airmen negro fliers) receives them. They all move to the aerodrome where planes are parked. Henry's eldest son gets ready for a flight. He enters the cockpit. The plane takes off. The two children wave their hands. Henry and his wife look to the sky.
Aircraft in formation. Officers working and looking at charts in a plane. Flying boat in flight. Military vehicles cross pontoon bridge. Gun crew beside a gun. Men operate artillery. Graduation at Annapolis in Maryland. Various colleges across United States. President of Purdue University, Edward C Elliott at desk gives a speech. Planes parked at Purdue University Airport. Instructor talks with fliers. Tuskegee school students before war. Fliers operate planes at Tuskegee in Alabama. Men attend ground crew classes. Pilots outside laboratory to learn meteorology. At University of Virginia, aeronautical department, students learn the aircraft design and get wind tunnel lessons. Engineering college students work with equipment. Student work with communication devices. Medical college trains doctors and nurses. Men and women in laboratory. Training for blood bank. Military messages and various diplomatic terms are taught to students by instructors. Students in Chinese and Japanese library at Harvard to learn oriental relations. Scientists work with selected students. Sailors at Purdue University. Sailors work as electricians. At Law school in Virginia University, high ranked officers learn how to control occupied territory. At Medical school, officers learn how to fight tropical diseases. Officers look through microscopes in laboratory. Cadets learn at Harvard school of business to manage army camps. They learn how to supervise camp kitchens. Student trained at Hampton Institute. Development of chemicals by students in laboratory. Student work at shipyards. Men work with field equipment. Training to IOTC cadets is given. Cadets handle modern rifles. Cadets trained for gas-raid. IOTC learn naval tactics. Cadets learn how torpedo works. Cadets at navigation class. Cadets board ships. At University of North Carolina, students attend fitness classes. Fully trained soldiers and officers of United States Army.
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.
Students and teachers at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. Students in groups walk out of the classes in Institute campus. Students and cars of teachers move out of campus. A signboard by the side walk reads 'Tuskegee Institute founded 1881'. Dr. Curtis wearing a hat greets a woman on her way.
U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt visits the Tuskegee Institute of Tuskegee, Alabama. A motorcade of President Franklin Roosevelt, Governor Dixon and his official staff arrives at the Tuskegee Institute. A choir of the institute sings. President Roosevelt seated in a car. He listens to a song. He puts on his cap. A group of school cadets sings a song for him. The President delivers a speech about the institution's achievements from the car. The students, the faculty and other school members applaud after his speech. The President is greeted by the school members. President Roosevelt leaves the institute.