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Tuskegee Airmen visit Tifton students

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Some south Georgia students got an amazing history lesson Friday from the trailblazing men who made that history.

Three of the original Tuskeegee Airmen spoke to kids at Matt Wilson Elementary school in Tifton.

Studying about the Tuskeegee Airmen has inspired 9-year old Deante Calhoun

"It inspired me to not be scared to stick up for people I care for and knowing they did it I know I could someday do it too," said Calhoun.

In fact, he's been so inspired, he has new plans for his future.

"I want to be a Tuskeegee airman, I decided then when we started studying about them," said Calhoun.

Calhoun was one of several students and adults who were eager to meet with and ask questions to three of the original airmen during World War II.

Val Archer, was an assistant crew chief on P-47's and later became an aircraft instrument technician.

"We had a very different flight simulator I would trained pilots to fly in certain conditions," said Archer.

Hill Pouncy says he used to be a bombardier

"Bombardier that's the guy who drops the bombs," said Pouncy.

The three men explained challenges they overcame during times of racial segregation.

"The newspapers we went to look for employment opportunities they said Negroes not apply, or whites only those were serious things we had to face," said Archer.

Something hard for some students to imagine.

"Our success and challenges we overcame are assets for them," said Archer.

"If I walk away today and I can convince these kids to think they can do anything they set their minds out to do, then coming here would not be in vain," said Pouncy.

The airmen, hope kids can take their experiences and grow from them.

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