Tuskegee Airman Celebrates 100th Birthday with Flight

Happy Birthday!
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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee got back in the cockpit to celebrate his 100th birthday.

What We Know:

  • Over the course of his career, McGee flew in 409 combat missions over three wars setting an Air Force record. He was a decorated member of the esteemed, all African-American Army Air Corps group, Tuskegee Airmen. McGee is also a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
  • McGee flew a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet for around 20 minutes from Frederick, Maryland, to Dover Air Force Base, Business Insider reported. Active-duty pilots greeted the veteran when he landed.

McGee in the cockpit. Image- Business Insider

  • McGee told WBOC, “What a thrill where technology has taken us. It was such a smooth flight.” He was also happy to meet with the pilots at Dover saying, “To be able to get in the air and share with those who are serving today, I don’t really have an answer, but this is one of life’s blessings.”

What a great way to celebrate!




Digital News Intern, UnmutedCo. Black News Alerts University of North Carolina at Charlotte B.A. Communication Studies/Journalism 2021