Tuskegee Airman celebrates 100th birthday with flight

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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee (center), a decorated veteran of three wars, receives a congratulatory a send off after visiting with 436 Aerial Port Squadron personnel at Dover Air Force Base to help celebrate his 100th birthday in Dover, Delaware, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. McGee’s birthday is Dec. 7. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — A member of the Tuskegee Airmen is celebrating his 100th birthday by taking a flight.

News outlets report that retired Army Air Forces Col. Charles McGee flew a private jet Friday between Frederick, Maryland, and Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman and a decorated veteran of three wars, flies a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet with assistance from pilot Boni Caldeira during a round trip flight from Frederick, Maryland, to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to help celebrate McGee’s 100th birthday, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. McGee’s birthday is Dec. 7. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

The Tuskegee Airmen is the nickname of the first African American unit to fly combat airplanes in World War II.

McGee is one of the Air Force’s most celebrated pilots. He flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars.

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