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Dec 30th 2012 8:13PM Greetings.....While reading your article, "African-American Military Aviators On Hand To Tell Their Story," I noted an error in paragraph 1, sentence 3: "Now, only 40 pilots and 200 ground crew are alive today."
This is not true.
No one knows how many of the estimated 16-19,000 participants of the "Tuskegee Experience" (1941-1949) are still living.
These participants are now known as "Tuskegee Airmen," a name that was given to them in 1955 with the publication of "The Tuskegee Airmen, The Men Who Changed A Nation" by Charles E. Francis.
"Tuskegee Airmen" include 992 pilots (fighter and bomber), bombardiers, navigators, crew chiefs, mechanics, gunners, secretaries, cooks, etc.
They include men and women, military and civilian, black and white persons.
After WWII concluded, many of the pilots and other Tuskegee Airmen virtually disappeared back into American society.
It is impossible to know who is still alive. That statement cannot be made with any certainty.
Ron Brewington, Tuskegee Airmen Historian
Apr 7th 2010 7:07PM To Mr. Payne and a whole lot of ther folks: Living in a glass house, don't throw no stones!!! All we hear is how "clean" you are...don't let me or other folks check your skeletons!!! Move on!!!