The Tuskegee Airmen were recently recognized for their courage and valor in combat, as they helped pave the way for racial integration in the armed services, by receiving the 2014 Omar N. Bradley “Spirit of Independence Award” in a ceremony held at the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. Representing the Tuskegee Airmen at the ceremony were Homer Hogues and Calvin Spann, according to a report at Military.com.
On Friday, May 23, Hiram Mann was laid to rest. After 92 years his body had given all it had to give.
He was my friend. I’m sorry to say I was not at the ceremony with his family, his illustrious peers, and others who witnessed a U.S Air Force honor guard attending to his interment. Rather, I was a thousand miles away attending the wedding of my son. It was a wonderful wedding, but I must admit, Hiram was on my mind the whole time. He was not your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill kind of guy.
If you ever find yourself searching for an example of how one man can make a profound and lasting difference in the world, consider Hiram’s life as proof.
Referred to as the Father of Black Aviation, Chief Flight Instructor of the Tuskegee Airmen, C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson, has been immortalized on a stamp.
ORLANDO, Fla. — On Monday, Nov. 11, Mike McKenzie, founder of Vision of Flight, hopes to give some long overdue recognition to a group of African-American World War II pilots. Known as the Red Tail Pilots, these Tuskegee Airmen played a quintessential role in U.S. aviation history in spite of the racial discrimination they faced at the time. While the Tuskegee Airmen were collectively awarded a Gold Medal by Congress at a 2007 ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, the Red Tail Pilots have yet to receive such an honor.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolinas Aviation Museum at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will host the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit honoring the Tuskegee Airmen Feb. 26-March 2.
An exhibition of paintings and drawings depicting America’s first African American military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, will premiere at The Museum of Flight in Seattle on Feb. 28.
POLK CITY, Fla. — For the fifth year, Fantasy of Flight will once again welcome the Tuskegee Airmen when it kicks off its 2013 Legends & Legacies Symposium Series [Read more…]
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will bestow the organization’s highest award — NBAA’s 2012 Meritorious Service to Aviation — to the Tuskegee Airmen, Oct. 31, during a general session of the association’s Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) in Orlando, Florida.
TUSKEGEE, Ala. — After more than 60 years, part of Tuskegee’s aviation legacy recently returned to historic Moton Field. Four original Tuskegee Airmen were welcomed back to the historic training site by the National Park Service and Tuskegee University President, Gilbert L. Rochon, on Sept. 15.