LTC Alva Temple: A Legacy of Leadership and Service in Military Aviation

Lieutenant Colonel Alva Temple was a Tuskegee Airman and a trailblazer in military aviation. In this blog, we explore his life and legacy, highlighting his contributions to the field of aviation and his role as a leader in the Tuskegee Airmen. 

Lieutenant Colonel Alva Temple

Early Life and Military Service

Alva Temple was born on February 27, 1918, in California. He attended San Jose State University, where he studied engineering and was a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). In 1942, Alva Temple was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps, and was assigned to the Tuskegee Airmen. 

Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American pilots who served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Despite facing discrimination and segregation within the military, the Tuskegee Airmen distinguished themselves as highly skilled and courageous aviators, and played a crucial role in the Allied victory. 

Alva Temple was one of the Tuskegee Airmen's most accomplished pilots. He flew more than 100 combat missions in North Africa and Italy, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery and skill. 

The Legacy of LTC Alva Temple

After the war, Alva Temple continued his career in aviation. He served as a flight instructor and later as a commander in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1968 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Throughout Alva Temple's career, he was known for his leadership, integrity, and commitment to excellence. 

In addition to his military service, Alva Temple was also a dedicated community leader. He was a member of numerous organizations, including the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation, and was recognized for his contributions to education, civil rights, and community service. 

Lieutenant Colonel Alva Temple

Lieutenant Colonel Alva Temple was a trailblazer in military aviation and a leader in the Tuskegee Airmen. His bravery and skill as a pilot, combined with his commitment to excellence and service, inspired generations of aviators and community leaders. 

Today, we honor Alva Temple's legacy and the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen to military aviation and American history. Their achievements serve as a reminder of the power of perseverance, dedication, and courage in the face of adversity. 

AVI-8 X Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

AVI-8 is proud to announce the release of the Flyboy Tuskegee Airmen Meca-quartz Limited Edition - an important timepiece commemorating and supporting the mission and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

We're proud to have also collaborated with award-winning Atlanta-based artist Derrick Whitfield, on a series of custom portraits each dedicated to four of the Tuskegees' most famous pilots. More than a timepiece, this is a timeless commemoration and celebration of perhaps one of the most important chapters in American aviation history. 

Lieutenant Colonel Alva Temple
Lieutenant Colonel Alva Temple

Proceeds from the sale of the Flyboy Tuskegee Meca-Quartz Limited Edition go towards the TAI Inc Charity and their important work through education, youth initiatives, and more, honoring and perpetuating the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen.