A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman
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A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman

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How does a black American prepare for a career in a profession traditionally closed to blacks? And how does he or she cope with the frustrations and dangers that subsequent experiences generate? A-Train is the story of one of the black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee Army Flying School and served as a pilot in the 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published June 26th 2002 by University Alabama Press (first published April 30th 1997)
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I read this for a Black History Month book discussion. The local Legacy Museum of African American History is featuring an exhibit on African Americans in the military, and the book is a perfect fit. The author, Lt. Col. Charles W. Dryden wanted to fly since he was a toddler. When he attempted to sign up for the army air corps in the 1940s, he was told that they did not allow people of his race to fly. Fortunately for him, and for our country, the Tuskegee Experiment was about to begin, and he...more
interesting story. too bad most of these men have died. lots of stories will go o their graves with them.
Quote: 'I had lived to fly, from my infancy...'.
What we would now call a 'Jet Jockey'.

Hard to read the indignities and racial slurs, though these conditions improved over time, they still exist.
Theophilus (Theo)
Excellent first-hand account of some real heroes.
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