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"N.Y.A. Aviation Unit" 
photo size: 8" x 10"

December 15, 1939
Chicago Daily Times
Photographer: Al. Mosse

N.Y.A. aviation unit #9 Chicago resident training centre, 4401 S. Parkway.
Personalities Left to Right
John Robinson, Alonzo Random and asst. instructor Stanley Bowles, are shown working in model plane.

The N.Y.A. (National Youth Administration) was a New Deal agency in the United States that focused on providing work and education for Americans between the ages of 16 and 25. It operated from June, 26 1935 to 1939 as part of the WPA. The NYA aviation school in Chicago transferred mechanics/aviators into the famed Tuskegee Airmen program.

Col. John C. Robinson first planted the seed for the establishment of an aviation school at Tuskegee Institute in 1934. His involvement with Tuskegee was only a small part of his overall contribution to blacks in aviation. The success of the Tuskegee Airmen—the first African American aviators in the armed forces—is one of the most recognized achievements in 20th century African American history. 


*All matted photographs come standard in acid free white archival mat board with black core with 3-4" borders and open cut mat on back to display historical documentation. Custom mat board available at additional cost.

**All framed photographs come with standard matting, conservation glass, open cut mat on back 
displaying historical documentation, and black Larson Juhl wood frame.