The Scotlan Youth & Family Center is holding a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 24 honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and the Bay Area Black Pilots Association.
This summer, youth learned aviation skills in the Flight Simulator Training & Career Exploration Lab, which was dedicated in memory of Major Irvin Mitchell Gipson and inspired by the movie “Red Tails”.
Inspired by the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Bay Area Black Pilots Association, the “Sky High” program encourages youth to look beyond the limited exposure to career opportunities, to develop hope and motivate new horizons in aviation and emerging technologies.
Gipson was an excellent navigator, flying many missions in Vietnam, including rescuing POW’s from the Vietcong. One example of his skill and heroism as a navigator came when, on a dark night using stars to guide him, Gipson was able to locate a small island in the middle of the Pacific that was only lit by car lights near the runway. He was credited with saving his crew and became a member of the George S. “Spanky” Roberts Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. for 15 years.
The dedication ceremony will be held Aug. 24 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Center and Courtyards at Acorn, 1145 10th Street, 2nd floor in Oakland. For more information, contact 510-832-4544.