Frank Macon's Graduation Certificate

Why Frank’s Name Isn’t on the Tuskegee Institute’s Graduation List

Why you ask? Why isn’t Frank’s name on the graduation list for his class 45A? Here is the story. As you know, everyone’s path is different. A couple of days before graduation, Frank went up flying with a head cold. He always said, “I should have gone to the dispensary.” His graduation uniform was even hanging in his locker. Frank didn’t go to the dispensary; he went flying. That day, Frank went up in the air. He did some maneuvers to include a roll. He went up and, “POP!” Both eardrums burst. Blood everywhere. That sent Frank to the hospital at Scott Field for almost a year. During that time, WWII ended. To get his hearing back, the military sent […]

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Franklin Macon, Original Documented Tuskegee Airman – by Stephanie Prescott, Joyful Traditions Partner

I had the pleasure of meeting Frank several times during the writing process of his early life story, I Wanted to be a Pilot – The Making of a Tuskegee Airman. It was published in 2018. Frank was a special person, always happy with a quick wit. He didn’t pretend to know all about everything, but he did love his own story and his generation. Frank was born August 4, 1923. His early life circumstances today would be considered sad or disadvantaged. To Frank it was wonderful. It’s what made his story great and his perseverance unstoppable.

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A Sad Day…

The city of Colorado Springs has lost a local icon, and the nation another hero. Franklin James Macon passed away last night at his home in the Springs. He was 97. The Tuskegee airmen, often known as the “Redtails” based on the bright red tail flash on the P-51 Mustangs that they flew during WWII, are a national treasure. Of the over 14,000 who were part of the Tuskegee experience, less than 50 are believed to remain with us. Their determination to perform with distinction despite challenges both at home and abroad made them true national heroes.

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Tuskegee Airman Gets Wish to Help Dyslexic Students | AARP | aarp.org

In his 97 years, Frank Macon has overcome dyslexia, was one of the original Tuskegee airmen, spent a career working at a military facility, raised a family, cowrote an autobiography and was awarded one of the nation’s highest honors. But he said he might be proudest of being inducted into the hall of fame — at his high school…. Source: Tuskegee Airman Gets Wish to Help Dyslexic Students

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