Tuskegee Airmen Highlight 2017 Atlanta Warbird Weekend Dinner

J9Y5MA The last of the Tuskegee Airmen veterans on stage during the National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol west lawn May 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. (photo by Dominique A. Pineiro /DoD via Planetpix)
Tuskegee Airmen veterans on stage during the National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol. From left to right: Major Anderson (Major is his first name, not his rank), maintenance technician, Walter Robinson who was a cadet when the war ended. Both are active members of the East Coast Chapter of TAI. Col Charles McGee. (photo by Dominique A. Pineiro /DoD via Planetpix)

Original Tuskegee Airmen veterans will share their fascinating experiences and stories at the Atlanta Warbird Weekend (AWW) “Dinner with the Tuskegee Airmen,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the 57th Fighter Group restaurant, Dekalb-Peachtree Airport. 

This is a rare event to hear first-hand about WWII from some of the dwindling number of heroes who flew the aircraft and experienced the battles. Five fighter pilots plan to attend, including Col. Charles E. McGee, LT. Col. Robert J. “Bob” Friend, Lt. Col. Harold H. “Buick” Brown, Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart, Jr., and Lt. Col. James H. Harvey, III. They all earned their wings at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama in 1943 and 1944. Purchase the tickets HERE.

AWW is adding a new feature this year, an outdoor movie night for families on Friday, Oct. 6. Enjoy the projection of an aviation documentary right on the airport ramp. the documentary, “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen,” will be featured along with a question-and-answer session with original Tuskegee Airmen. Gates open at 6 pm, with a pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 pm. The 45-minute show will begin at 8 pm.

“In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen,” tells the exciting and heroic story of America’s first black fighter group from the beginning of their journey. This exclusive documentary event features a panel discussion with Tuskegee Airman George Hardy, granddaughter of Alfred Anderson (Chief Flight Instructor of the Tuskegee Airmen) Christina Anderson, Producer Bryan Williams, and Director Denton Adkinson. Watch as the Airmen recall being part of the beginning stages of the civil rights movement, and what it was like to see their contributions make changes that continue to resonate today.

The projection will take place in the unique setting of the Epps Aviation ramp at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport. A $5 cash donation is requested. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs; no seating will be provided. Refreshments and popcorn will be available for purchase. Click HERE for the full program.

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