The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states still were subject to Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction.
This limited-edition presentation is matted with a data plate that was personally signed by Charles McGee, one of the Tuskegee Airmen. McGee flew 409 combat missions over 1,600 hours during his 30-year Air Corps career; the highest three-war total in United States air Force history. McGee is credited with shooting down 110 enemy aircraft without losing a single American bomber under his escort. His stellar military career and exemplary flight record became the launching force for lasting social change and equality in the Air Force. For his distinguished military service McGee was honored with:
The Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters
The Bronze Star
The Army Commendation Medal
The Air Medal with 25 Oak Leaf Clusters
The Air Force Commendation with Oak Leaf Clusters,
Presidential Unit Citation, and The Congressional Gold Metal, along with many other service and campaign ribbons
Charles McGee was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame of Dayton, Ohio in 2011 and promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General in February of 2020, just two months after his 100th birthday.
Certificate of Authenticity included.