The Tuskegee Airmen was the popular name of a group of African American pilots who flew with distinction during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were initially equipped with P-40 Warhawks, briefly with P-39 Airacobras, later with P-47 Thunderbolts and finally with the P-51 Mustang, the airplane in which they became most identified with.
The P-51 Mustang is a long-range single-seat fighter aircraft and became one of the conflict's most successful and recognizable aircraft. The P-51 Mustang is credited for providing very effective long range bomber escort. The Allied daylight bombing campaign proved extremely successful by strangling the support lines of the enemy and nearly stopping the production of war-time machinery. The P-51 Mustang and the crew who had flown them saved lives in the skies and on the ground.