The Test, The Tuskegee Project, an exhibit about the first Black aviators in the U.S. military, will open at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium Jan. 14, 2012.

The Tulsa stop is the latest in a national tour that started in December 2009 to tell the story of the nation’s first Black combat pilots from their training at Tuskegee Institute to their deployment in the European theater of operations near the end of World War II.

The exhibit uses special effects photography and computer animation to depict, through narratives; models and graphics aerial combat from World War II and life for African Americans in the 1940s.

The depictions are “historically accurate as possible” and have been vetted by historian and the original veterans of the Tuskegee project, according to project organizers who said, “The incredible graphics transport visitors to the exhibit to the skies over World War II Europe and give them a wingman’s view to history.”

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