Picture found at New Cafe Racer Society, Words by BLOG HOLDER
For many people and generations this picture illustrates the beginning of the African-American motorcycle culture, started through the military during world war II. These pilots are the famous Tuskegee Airmen which braved racisim from both sides of the combatants and still won the respect of their German enemies and fellow Americans. Even with the new efficent P-51 Mustangs (the airplanes of the Tuskegee Airmen) that were very appealing, nothing came close to that thrill of two wheels that most soldiers couldn't resist. After the war many pilots wanted to continue to fly... but were denied because of the idiotic segregated laws. Many turned back to the thrill of the motorcycle and the most others just had to get back and get on bikes and start a new legacy that is stronger than ever today.