The Museum of Flight in Seattle commemorates Black History Month with a Feb. 6 panel discussion with current Air Force and Alaska Airline pilots. Moderated by Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Col. Bill Holloman III (ret.), the panel will include Alaska Airlines pilot Capt. Mike Swanigan, a Kenmore, Wash. resident who flies 737s for the airline; Seattle resident and Alaska Airline pilot Mike Hendrix; Lt. Col. Kimberly Scott, an Alaska Airlines pilot and U.S. Air Force Reserve C-17 pilot for the 728th Airlift Squadron; Lt. Col. Rod Lewis, commander of the C-17 squadron at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.; and Maj. Gen. Harold “Mitch” Mitchell, an Alaska Airlines and U.S. Air Force pilot who is now assigned to the Pentagon. The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater.
The moderator for the panel, Lt. Col. Bill Holloman III (pictured) flew “Red Tail” P-51s with the 332nd Fighter Group in World War II — the famed Tuskegee Airmen. He continued flying during the Korean War and Vietnam, and he was the first black helicopter pilot in the Air Force.
For more information: MuseumOfFlight.org.