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‘Mission Accomplished’ Hero's forever

‘Mission Accomplished’ – Tuskegee Airmen recognized for 1949 Top Gun victory

  • Published Jan. 13, 2022

  • By Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus

  • 57th Wing Public Affairs


“We’re finally being recognized for something we accomplished 73 years ago,” said retired Lt. Col. James Harvey III, former fighter pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group, best known as the Tuskegee Airmen.In 1949, Harvey, alongside the 332nd FG from Lockbourne Air Force Base, Ohio, won the U.S. Air Force’s inaugural Fighter Gunnery Meet “Top Gun,” a worldwide gunnery competition where the best pilot teams in the U.S. Air Force came together to compete for the top spot.The Tuskegee Airmen were young African Americans, determined to be aviation pilots, who met with obstacles such as the widespread belief that Black people could not learn to fly or operate sophisticated aircraft.

On Jan. 11, Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of Air Combat Command, presided over the unveiling of a plaque commissioned to reaffirm the accomplishments of the 332nd FG’s win.

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