Published: Jul 28, 2014 12:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The 43rd national convention of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. kicks off this week in Orlando.
    
Two dozen of America's first African-American pilots and air crew who gained acclaim during World War II will attend the convention, which begins July 30 and runs through Aug. 2 at the Rosen Centre Hotel and Resort.
    
The convention includes educational opportunities for youth and events at the Orlando Science Center. There will also be a simulation showcase and hands-on flight training.
    
Tuskegee Airman, Inc. was established more than 40 years ago to educate the public and help keep alive the legacy of the airmen. Headquartered in Tuskegee, Alabama, it has 54 chapters around the country with a membership consisting of civilians, veterans, active duty and retired military from all branches of service.

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