Referred to as “the father of black aviation”, Chief Flight Instructor of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson, was immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp March 13, 2014. He was the first Tuskegee Airman to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp. When the Chief received his pilot’s […]
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Class 44-I-SE 11/20/1944 2nd Lt. 0839082 Georgetown, IL First Lieutenant Halbert Alexanderwas assigned to the 99th Fighter Squadron. He also flew as alternate pilot for the first Gunnery Meet in May of 1949. The then Chief of Staff of the Air Force sent a directive to all the fighter groups […]
Class 44-D-TE 4/15/1944 2nd Lt. 0828041 Georgetown, IL Alexander was born April 13, 1921, in Georgetown, Ill., the son of a coal miner. The family was so poor that Alexander, the second of nine children, walked to school barefoot. His family couldn’t afford shoes. But by 1944, as an Army […]
Class 44-I-1-SE 10/16/1944 2nd Lt. 0838152 Alexandria, VA Affectionately known as “Lubby” to family and friends, Rutherford Adkins was born to Reverend Andrew Warren Adkins (a former pastor of the Historic Albert Street Baptist Church in Alexandria Virginia) and Mattie Hamlet Adkins. Lubby’s first ambition was to be an auto […]
Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801160 Greenville, SC Born in Greenville, S.C., Paul Adams dreamed of being a pilot since childhood. This dream was made possible because in 1940, the U.S. War Department asked the training unit to establish an experimental program to prove that blacks could become good pilots […]