We demonstrate experimentally the electrical electron spin injection from a ferromagnetic metal/tunnel barrier contact into a III-V semiconductor light emitting diode (LED). The injected electrons have in-plane spin orientation. By applying a relatively small oblique external magnetic field this spin orientation within the semiconductor can be manipulated to have a nonzero out-of-plane component. By measuring the resulting circular polarization of the emitted light, we observe injected spin polarization in excess of 9% at 80 K in a CoFe/AlOx/(Al,Ga)As/GaAs surface-emitting spin-LED. (C) 2002 American Institute of Physics.