Roscoe Draper

Roscoe Draper

Instructor Coach at Tuskegee University

1200 W MONTGOMERY RD, Tuskegee, Alabama, United States
HQ Phone:
(334) 727-8011

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Flight Instructor  - Army Air Corps


Hampton Institute

Haverford High School

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"Coach" Roscoe Draper
Born in Haverford, PA on May 14, 1919, Roscoe Draper grew up in Haverford and Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors from Haverford High School and continued his education at the Hampton Institute (later became Hampton University). After enrolling in the civil pilot training program in 1939, Roscoe received his Private Pilot license in 1940. He was one of two men selected for the secondary course at the Tuskegee Institute (later became Tuskegee University) and completed his pilot training in 1942. He was one of the first ten men of color selected to serve as flight instructor for the Army Air Corps "Tuskegee Experiment". He taught Army Air Corps cadets in the primary phase of their flight training at Moton Field, Tuskegee, AL (from 1942 to 1946) and he also served on the academic board for the Tuskegee Institute. Roscoe was affectionately given the nickname "Coach" by his flight students because it described his teaching style.

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Joining Campbell in dedicating the stamp will be Tuskegee Flight Instructor Coach Roscoe Draper who was mentored by Anderson and together taught the Airmen.

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PHOENIXVILLE - Seventy years ago, "Coach" Roscoe Draper and Major John Harrison could not have imagined they'd be the revered guests of Phoenixville Area High School in a presentation honoring history's Tuskegee Airmen.
CONTRIBUTE Story Ideas Send Corrections Seventy years ago, Draper and Harrison were being rejected at almost every turn. Harrison related a story of his time at an airfield in Michigan where he and his fellow Tuskegee officers were turned away from the officer's club, a place where even German prisoners of war were allowed in. Draper only wanted to serve his country. But when he tried enlisting in the Army Air Corps, the recruiters turned him away. RELATED VIDEOS In Tuesday's program, Draper and Harrison were joined by Aaron Watkins, a "second generation" Tuskegee Airman who flew a Chinook helicopter in the Vietnam War. Harrison was one of the 992 cadets who received their wings and Draper was one of the civilian pilot instructors who took part in what was called the "Tuskegee Experiment" during World War II. Draper was initially turned down by the Army Air Corps when he tried enlisting in the late 1930s. Instead of abandoning his hope to fly, Draper trained through the Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1939. Draper became an instructor by 1942 and came to Tuskegee, teaching many of the pilots, including ace Lee Archer, who would go on to shoot down or damage 409 enemy aircraft as part of the 332nd Fighter Group. After the war, Draper worked for the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Aviation Administration. Currently, there is a room in the Philadelphia Inernational Airport named after him. "I'm happy to be a part of the experience of the Tuskegee Airmen, and I'm proud to say that I was a part of it," Draper said. Draper took hope from the diverse crowd in the auditorium with him. "I feel honored to be a part of history," Draper said.

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