National Air and Space Society Lecture

Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen Flight Jacket Night

Featuring Tuskegee Airman Brig. Gen. Charles McGee

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Presented Online

National Air and Space Society Members Only

Brigadier General Charles McGee, USAF (Ret.), has accomplished a lot in his life, but the two accomplishments he’s most proud of both involve flight: breaking racial barriers as a Tuskegee Airman and his own part in the aerial defeat of Germany in World War II. Completing 409 combat missions in three wars ranks up there too. His story of service and sacrifice—and the joy he still brings to life, including celebrating his 100th birthday by flying two different aircraft—inspire all who meet him. Be a part of his continuing conversation about life, challenges, and of course, airplanes via a virtual discussion with the Secretary of the Smithsonian, Lonnie Bunch. This unique event will be moderated by Dr. Ellen Stofan, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the National Air and Space Museum.

The live lecture was for members of the Museum's National Air and Space Society. 

Man in military uniform in front of American flag

Brigadier General Charles McGee (Ret) served in World War II as a Tuskegee Airmen, and later served with the Air Force in the Korean War and Vietnam War.