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Former Tuskegee Airman Frank Macon of Colorado Springs dies at 97

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Former Tuskegee Airman Frank Macon died Sunday, November, 22 at his home in Colorado Springs. He was 97.

Macon grew up in Colorado Springs and was one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of black pilots to train and serve in America's military. World War II ended before he could fly a mission.

He first learned how to fly at the Pine Valley Airport, which is now The U.S. Air Force Academy's Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Airfield, named after the first African-American general in the Air Force.

Macon was one of only two remaining Tuskegee Airmen in Colorado out of the 14,000 who were part of the Tuskegee experience. It's believed that less than 50 are still alive across the country.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 interviewed the retired lieutenant in July 2019, on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, as he flew a vintage World War II jet over the Colorado Springs airport at age 95.

Colorado Springs / Local News / Military / State & Regional News

Shelby Filangi

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