SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Old Guys and Their Airplanes announces that American hero, United States Air Force General and "Tuskegee Airman" Brigadier General Charles McGee is scheduled to participate in a live broadcast interview, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at 1100 a.m., Central Daylight Time. General McGee is one of the few surviving members of WWII's 332nd Fighter Group, a unit of African-American military airmen formed during the era's culture of unit-segregation by race.
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General McGee served in WWII, The Korean War and Vietnam War, accumulating an astounding 409 combat missions. His civilian service is marked by extensive honors including the nation's highest civilian award, The Congressional Gold Medal. Today, at age 100, he remains an active role model to youth, promoting his mantra of personal success, "Perceive, Prepare, Perform and Persevere."
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Opinion by Lisa Bratton
July 28, 2020 at 9:10 a.m. CDT
Lisa Bratton, an assistant professor of history at Tuskegee University, was a historian for the National Park Service’s Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project.
In a potentially watershed moment when this nation — perhaps unwillingly — seems prepared to revisit its racial outlook, an overdue name change could play an important role. It offers a chance to not only erase a prominent symbol of white racism but also replace it with an icon of African American heroism.
The football team in our nation’s capital should change its name to the Washington Red Tails.
The change would honor the famed Tuskegee Airmen, members of the segregated military during World War II who were nicknamed the “Red Tails” because of the distinctive crimson color painted on the tails of their aircraft.
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama commemorates the heroic actions and achievements of the famous Tuskegee Airmen. The term “Tuskegee Airmen” pertains to both men and women of diverse nationalities. They were composed of nearly 1,000 pilots and more than 15,000 support staff (including navigators, bombardiers, and mechanics). The site preserves five historic structures used during primary flight training in World War II.
The reverse (tails) design depicts a Tuskegee Airman pilot suiting up to join the fight during World War II with the Moton Field control tower in the background. The pilot looks upward with pride and confidence as two P-51 Mustangs pass overhead. The inscription “THEY FOUGHT TWO WARS” is arced across the top as a reference to the dual battles the Tuskegee Airmen fought–fascism abroad and racial discrimination at home.
Col. Charles Mcgee first time viewing his 1945 photo from Italy in Hangar 2! We love when we get to host our Airmen in the place where it began! March 30th, 2019.
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