Last week we flew members of the Tuskegee Airmen to Houston to attend the dedication ceremonies for a school named for their first commander, General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. The Tuskegee Airmen were the nation’s first African-American air combat unit, and General Davis, a graduate of West Point, was the first African-American brigadier general in the United States Air Force.
“We are forever indebted to the courageous men of Tuskegee and their leader, General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Junior, a true American hero,” said Ray-Sean Silvera, our assistant chief pilot and school district mentor. “They pioneered aviation for African-Americans, and, in doing so, opened doors for all minorities.”
The new Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. High School and Ninth Grade School are in the Aldine Independent School District (AISD).
We’ve partnered with AISD for many years, providing air transportation for the Tuskegee Airmen’s annual visits to AISD schools to share their life stories with intermediate, middle and high school students. We also sponsor AISD’s Teachers of the Year program.
In addition, our pilots mentor students in AISD and other Houston-area schools to promote the importance of math, science and technology and to encourage them to continue their education.