About Dr. Crenchaw
Dr. Milton P. Crenchaw (January 13, 1919-November 17, 2015) was known as the father of Black Aviation in Arkansas. Born in Little Rock, he was the first Arkansan to be successfully trained by the federal government as a civilian licensed pilot. He overcame racism and bigotry to serve his country during World War II as a civilian flight instructor.
Crenchaw was named Primary Flight Instructor in 1942 at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. Crenchaw taught many pilots and cadets known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Some of the notables were William T. Mattison, Charles Debow, Daniel “Chappie” James, Lieutenant Colonel Charles “Chuck” Dryden, and fellow Arkansan >Woodrow Crockett.