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Tuskegee museum buys rare WW2 plane

After a year of fundraising, the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum in Detroit has purchased a rare WWII training plance used by the aviation unit.

The museum spent a year raising the funds to pay for a World War II T-6 training plane — known as the “pilot maker” — once used by the celebrated all-black aviation unit.

The $200,000 deal was finalized in late September.

One other such plane exists that was flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, said Brian Smith, the museum’s president. “It’s a national treasure.”

The T-6 will be housed at Detroit City Airport and used for youth training and air show demonstrations.

The vintage aircraft was produced at North American Aviation’s Dallas factory, delivered in 1943 to Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama and used until 1945.

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