Late Tuskegee airman to be honored Friday at Nat’l Musem of WW2 Aviation


WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 04: (EDITOR’S NOTE: Image was created as an Equirectangular Panorama. Import image into a panoramic player to create an interactive 360 degree view.) The Spirit of Tuskegee, a PT-13 Stearman biplane flown by Tuskegee Airmen training to fight in WWII, is on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall November 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. The museum is the latest addition to the Smithsonian Institution and was officially opened on September 24, 2016. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– One of the decorated Tuskegee airmen named Franklin “Frank” Macon is being honored in death on Friday, Aug. 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Museum of World War II Aviation.

Macon died during the COVID-19 pandemic, causing funeral and honorific services to be postponed until now. He trained during World War II and continued to serve in the military as a lieutenant. He acted as a civil servant at Fort Carson where he serviced various aircraft, oversaw maintenance operations in many different states and much more.

He established the Frank Macon Trades Scholarship Charitable Trust Fund to provide scholarships for trade-school students in 2019 and co-authored an autobiography entitled I Wanted to be a Pilot: The Making of a Tuskegee Airman.

A T-6 “Texan” trainer flyby and a four-ship “missing man” flyover are planned as part of the commemoration, courtesy of the Commemorative Air Force and the pilots of Meadow Lake Airport.

To learn more about Macon, visit the website.

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