The Disney Channel family has created a brand new television feature in commemoration of Black History Month this year. Disney's new "Be Inspired" interstitial called "True Heroes are Timeless" is all about the legacy of African-American pilot Charles "Chief" Anderson, who is known as the "Father of Black Aviation" for his work as Chief Civilian Flight Instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen. The inspiring clip is hosted by Disney XD star Nathaniel Potvin from one of our favorite shows, MECH-X4, and TWIST is happy to share an early look at the clip.
The video also puts a spotlight on surviving Tuskegee Airman Ted Lumpkin, of the 100th Fighter Squadron; Robin Petgrave, founder and executive director of Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum in Compton, California; and Kimberly Anyadike, who set a record for being the youngest African-American female to pilot an airplane across the United States when she was 15 years old.
"It was great getting to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen," Nathaniel tells TWIST exclusively about his experiences working on the feature. "Chief Anderson not only inspired Africans-Americans to soar, but he changed the perception of how African-Americans were seen. Their role in helping America win WWII makes me proud."
"It was also rewarding to see how the history of the Tuskegee Airman inspired Kimberly Anyadike and the kids at the Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum to follow their dreams of flying and becoming world record-breaking pilots," he adds. "It was truly an amazing experience."
We love the way Nathaniel relates some of his experienced at the flight museum to his work on MECH-X4 in the video too.
Make sure to check out Nathaniel's video above, and click through the gallery to find out more about Disney's Black History Month 2017 programming, including features from some of our favorites like Cameron Boyce and Doc McStuffins.