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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Tuskegee Airman Col. McGee to Receive 2012 EAA Freedom of Flight Award
Tuskegee Airman Col. McGee
Col. Charles McGee receives the EAA Freedom of Flight Award tonight at Theater in the Woods.

The EAA Freedom of Flight Award is the organization's highest honor, bestowed annually to an individual whose contributions to aviation closely mirror the integrity, entrepreneurship, and innovativeness of EAA members. This year that esteemed award goes to Col. Charles McGee.

"Col. Mac" will receive the award Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater in the Woods.

McGee is a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, America's first African-American pilots who flew with distinction during World War II, who are being honored this week in EAA's tribute to the Greatest Generation in the Air. Fighters he piloted during the war include the Bell P-39Q Airacobra, Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, and North American P-51 Mustang. He flew a total of 137 combat missions before returning stateside to instruct at Tuskegee Air Field in 1944.

McGee also flew 100 combat missions in P-51 Mustangs during the Korean War. In Vietnam, he flew 172 combat missions in a McDonnell RF-4 photo-reconnaissance aircraft, bringing his total combat missions to a record 409 during the three wars.

After his military service, McGee served as director for Missouri's Kansas City Airport and as a member of the Aviation Advisory Commission. He has been an ambassador of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., giving numerous public addresses, and has received accolades including the National Aeronautical Association's Elder Statesman of Aviation.

McGee served as national president of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. from 1983 to 1985 and is currently serving as its president.

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