Tuskegee Airmen Stearman

Bringing one of the original Tuskegee Airmen trainers is back to life.

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Matt Quy, a U.S. Air Force Captain, bought this Stearman bi-plane at auction without knowing its Tuskegee roots. (Photo courtesy of Ray Pittman)
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He later learned that the airplane had been used to train some of the country's first African American airmen at Moton Field. (Photo courtesy of Ray Pittman)
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In honor of the men, he named the aircraft the "Spirit of Tuskegee." (Photo courtesy of Ray Pittman)
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Matt's wife, Tina, is shown here flying in the aircraft's front cockpit. (Photo courtesy of Ray Pittman)
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The Stearman is pictured here flying over Lake Pepin in Minnesota. (Photo by Ray Pittman)
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Captain Matt Quy and his wife Tina before beginning an adventure across America in the Stearman bi-plane. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC**)
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The view from the open-cockpit biplane. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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The Airmen with General Clark standing with the Spirit of Tuskegee after a full day of stories, interviews and conversations with the cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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From left to right: Capt. Matt Quy, Col. (Ret) Fitroy "Buck" Newsum, Lt. Col. (Ret) James H. Harvey III, and Capt. Samuel C. Hunter Jr. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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Tuskegee Airman Capt. Samuel C. Hunter, Jr. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. James H. Harvey addresses the crowd around the Spirit of Tuskegee. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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An impromptu educational opportunity presented itself during one of Captain Quy's many stops on his trip across the US. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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The Spirit of Tuskegee's visit to Moton Field in Alabama. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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Tuskegee National Historic Site with Tuskegee Airman and Capt. Matt Quy. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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The historic aircraft, which took three years to restore, flies over Tuskegee. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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The Spirit of Tuskegee landing at Andrews AFB on August 2, 2011. (Photo courtesy of NMAAHC)
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For more photos, check out the NMAAHC Spirit of Tuskegee blog or facebook page.