The Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

The Chicago “DODO”Chapter of TAI, CDCTAI, is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization whose mission is to perpetuate the historic legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and to encourage and assist minority youth in pursuing post-secondary education and careers in the aerospace industry

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The Tuskegee Airmen are also sometimes referred to as the Red Tail Angels or Red Tails. These are unofficial terms that were used during the WWII to describe the mostly unknown group of Airmen because of the distinctive red paint used on the tails of their fighter aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen were America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. They are best known for the extraordinary efforts in the air war over Europe, and for challenging the stereotypes that had kept black Americans from serving as pilots in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“From the last Plane, to the last Bullet, to the last Minute, to the last Man…”

Annual Bessie Coleman Flyover

Young Eagles

The Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy

SLM Program

Scholarships & Education Assistance

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Donating allows us to continue to serve the community as well as support the up keep of the resources here on the site. If you are a potential sponsor, please use the Donor/Sponsor page to reach out to us.


We invite you to create a reciprocal relationship with us. Your generous investment in our mission to enrich the consciousness of our communities and support our aviation education activities affords us a unique opportunity to help develop a well-prepared pool of potential candidates from which America’s next generation of scientists, engineers and aerospace professionals may be drawn.

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Learn more about our mission related programs involving Legacy Preservation, Academic Preparation and Aviation Education – and how you can help support these efforts.

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Contact Chapter President Ken Rapier directly to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and also download our Press Release Kit.

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The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen is an important part of American History that must not be lost. To ensure the legacy of their accomplishments and the lessons they've taught us are passed on to future generations, we need you. We need your knowledge, fresh ideas and energetic commitment to the pillars of "Legacy Preservation"; "Academic Preparation", and "Aviation Education".

We invite you to join us in our mission to preserve the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and encouraging youth to explore careers in the aerospace industry.

If you have any questions, please send them to us, we'd love to hear from you. If you'd like more information on how to become a member of this great organization, use the "JOIN" option on the top-level menu or Site Map.

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