WASHINGTON, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, MARCH 22: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
Profile America -- Tuesday, March 22nd. The famous squadron of African-American fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen was officially activated on this date in 1941. The pioneering unit fought in North Africa, Sicily and Europe. They shot down more than 100 German aircraft and were awarded two distinguished unit citations, as well as many individual medals. The surviving members of the squadron were invited guests at President Obama's inauguration, and a movie by George Lucas is in the works, called "Red Tails," in honor of the way their P-51 Mustangs were painted. Of the nation's nearly 22 million veterans, 2.3 million are black. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 184
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB10-FF.21
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau