The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen Continues
 Black Excellence Rising to Higher Heights

"Created to Be" - Rico Hilliard
Inspired by Tuskegee Airmen

Save The Date  - March 24th, 2022

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony
    Thu, Mar 24
    US Air Force Memorial
    Mar 24, 10:00 AM
    US Air Force Memorial, Air Force Memorial Dr, Arlington, VA 22204, USA
    Special tribute will honor the Lonely Eagles
  • Tuskegee Airmen Symphony conducted by Damien Sneed
    Thu, Mar 24
    Howard University Cramton Auditorium
    Mar 24, 6:30 PM
    Howard University Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20059, USA
    Symphony, Fundraiser and Awards presentation

Help Us Make an Impact 

The funds raised are used for educational and community outreach programming.
ECCTAI supports the national goals of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., to preserve the rich legacy, to motivate, inspire and stimulate young people's minds to aspire to, seek and achieve successful careers in the fields of aviation and aerospace. ECCTAI members devote  time, effort and financial resources to capture young minds, to instill the undying will to learn, sacrifice and attain a self-sustaining status with marketable skills.


Annually, The East Coast Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (ECCTAI) assists financially disadvantaged deserving young men and women in pursuit of education, preferably leading to careers in the fields of aviation, aerospace, and science and technology.   

On average, twenty (20) grants per year are provided to college students.  Particular emphasis is placed on students who will pursue careers in aviation, aerospace, and science technology, honoring the living and deceased members of the Tuskegee Airmen who overcame racial barriers to achieving their dreams of becoming pilots, aviators, as well as air and ground support personnel. Currently, these careers in the aviation industry are not very accessible to disadvantaged youth.

Level 1: Designed to expose high school students (ages 15 - 19) to  careers in aviation. Students attend five all-day sessions. The sessions cover Tuskegee Airmen and general aviation history, career overviews, and the basics of flight, air traffic control, maintenance and a small aircraft flight experience.

Level II: Designed for  student who is interested in becoming a pilot. Qualified students attend ground school for 8 - 10 weekends to prepare for the FAA written exam (a prerequisite to Level III). 

Level III, the flying portion of the program, is held during the summer. Students receive at least 15 hours of flight instruction. 

The nonprofit Major Anderson Tuskegee Aviation Maintenance Academy (MATAMA) was created to:  

  • Reach students in underserved communities;

  • Provide a learning environment that meets the needs of the local workforce while addressing global aviation challenges;

  • Provide real world, high-quality training and career opportunities within the Aviation Maintenance industry; 

  • Continue to build relationships that enhance the experiences of graduating, certified Aviation Maintenance Technicians throughout the local, state and national aviation and aerospace communities.

  • We provide the proper foundation and training in the exemplary tradition of The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.

Please make checks payable to ECCTAI - Commemoration Day
Mail to: East Coast Chapter. Tuskegee Airmen. Inc.

Post Office Box 8234  Washington, DC 20032-8234


The East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (ECCTAI) is the largest and the most active chapter in the national organization. The chapter has approximately 180 members with diverse backgrounds that include active duty and retired military, heritage members, civil servants, and private citizens. Chapter members include Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTAs), combat veterans of World War II who received their military training at Tuskegee, Alabama. Locally, ECCTAI supports many educational, charitable and philanthropic activities. We are dedicated to fostering recognition of and preserving the history of Black achievements in aviation, and to inspiring and motivating young men and women toward endeavors in aviation, aerospace, science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers.

TACD Committee Members

Stephen Matthews

Gullaume Mbappe

Edward Harbison

Gabriel Christian, Esq

Damien Sneed

Frank Killebrew

Deborah Keith

Tracey Garrett, PhD

Joan Christian

Vanessa Butler

Diane Mohr

Dennis McDuffie

Andrew Holloway

Richard Baugh


The Tuskegee Airmen
81st Anniversary Commemoration Day 

Wreath Laying Ceremony    |    Premiere Performance The Tuskegee Airmen Symphony

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