Freedom Flyers

  • by J. Todd Moye
  • Narrated by Brandon Massey
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this inspiring account of the Tuskegee Airmen - the country's first African American military pilots - historian J. Todd Moye captures the challenges and triumphs of these brave aviators in their own words, drawing on more than 800 interviews recorded for the National Park Service's Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project.
Denied the right to fully participate in the U.S. war effort alongside whites at the beginning of World War II, African Americans - spurred on by black newspapers and civil rights organizations such as the NAACP - compelled the prestigious Army Air Corps to open its training programs to black pilots, despite the objections of its top generals. Thousands of young men came from every part of the country to Tuskegee, Alabama, in the heart of the segregated South, to enter the program, which expanded in 1943 to train multi-engine bomber pilots in addition to fighter pilots. By the end of the war, Tuskegee Airfield had become a small city populated by black mechanics, parachute packers, doctors, and nurses. Together, they helped prove that racial segregation of the fighting forces was so inefficient as to be counterproductive to the nation's defense.
Freedom Flyers brings to life the legacy of a determined, visionary cadre of African American airmen who proved their capabilities and patriotism beyond question, transformed the armed forces - formerly the nation's most racially polarized institution - and jump-started the modern struggle for racial equality.

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Most Helpful

VERY disappointed,,

PICK ANY OF THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS and it will put you to sleep. I was looking good for a book along the lines on the movie RED TAILS, this was far from it. Very boring
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- Doug

too much politics and not enough flying

What would have made Freedom Flyers better?

Expcted combat action and nuts and bolts aviation


What could J. Todd Moye have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

more combat action and nuts and bolts aviation


What didn’t you like about Brandon Massey’s performance?

bland


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Freedom Flyers?

the politics


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- A . Irborne "rc flier"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios