Chief Anderson’s life goal was to promote the spirit and love of aviation; especially to young people. Chief’s contribution to America was important to the success of many civil and military aviators. His legacy continues to inspire and shape the careers of young aviators today.
The C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson Legacy Foundation’s vision is to preserve Chief Anderson’s original historical artifacts and share his legacy as the Chief Flight Instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen with the world.
For many years Chief Anderson managed and operated the Summer Flight Academy for Negro Airmen International (NAI), an organization he helped found. During the summer in Alabama, young aviators from all over America were able to gain valuable college credits while enjoying the wonders of flight.
“The first thing she said was, 'I always heard colored people couldn't fly airplanes, but I see you're flying all around here.' And then she said, 'I'm just going to have to take a flight with you.' Of course all her escorts ran out there and they were all very much opposed to it - 'No Mrs. Roosevelt! You can't do that!' Well she just made up her mind she was going to do it and got in the airplane. You don't argue with the First Lady, so we took off and made the flight, and then when we got back down she said, 'Well, I see you can fly all right!' It wasn't long after that that President Roosevelt's administration decided to have this program called the 'Tuskegee Experiment".–C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson, flight with Eleanor Roosevelt, March 1941
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