Written by Franklin J. Macon with Elizabeth G. Harper

We dare you… Take flight.

From the streets of Colorado Springs to the skies over Tuskegee, journey through childhood with Franklin J. Macon, one of fewer than 100 living Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen.

Build wings and jump off the chicken coop. Mess around in George Washington Carver’s lab. Give speeches like Frank’s great, great grandmother’s half-brother Frederick Douglass. Soar through the century with Franklin J. Macon as he conquers dyslexia, struggles in school, finds mischief, and grows up to change the course of American and Aviation History.

You never know, you might grow up to make history too!

Public release date:  November 20, 2018




I’m enjoying your book immensely!

Your mischievous antics remind me of episodes of my childhood and also makes me recall a quote by Albert Einstein, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

It’s good that you published your life story.

John Lamb

“As we approached the presentation we arrived just in time to hear Mr. Macon talk about his struggle with dyslexia.  My children all looked at each other and especially at my 8 yr old son.  He has been recently diagnosed with learning disabilities and while not officially dyslexia (yet) his doctor is almost certain it is his primary struggle. We approached Mr. Macon after the presentation was over with the hopes of saying hi and maybe getting an autograph.  He went above and beyond and took the time to give my son a few tips, even demonstrating in his book how he keeps the words from jumping around.  Thank you so much.  Please share our gratitude, my son’s gratitude, and that of our extended family with Mr. Macon.”

Evelyn S. Excerpt from a note written by an attendee of the presentation and book signing at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum on November 20, 2018.

“Frank Macon’s story has the feel of a grandpa sitting on the front porch telling his grandkids about a different time and place. There are stories of exploits fueled by a curiosity that helped Frank to learn about the world and himself. His curiosity prepared him for the life he imagined for himself. Young people who read this book will see how your life does not have to be perfect for you to become the person you were meant to be. This is more than the amazing story of how a young boy grew up to become an honored Tuskegee Airman. It is the story of how a life lived with perseverance can become a remarkable one.”

Rev. Eunice McGarrahan

“Frank Macon’s biography that chronicles his younger days is an authentic and compelling story of a young man born into hard times who achieves his dream of becoming a pilot and Tuskegee Airman. Macon overcomes many obstacles along the way through his own dedication, hard work, unwillingness to accept “no”, and the love of an extended family. It is a book that has a great message for the youth of today. I heartily recommend it.”

Colonel Gene J. Pfeffer USAF (Ret), Historian National Museum of World War II Aviation


  1. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum ~ Denver, CO

    February 23 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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