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Sep 10, 2019

Pilot to Pilot podcast episode 73 FT. Tuskegee Airmen: Lt. Col. Harry Stewart.

What is going on Avination?! Welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast. Today, I am talking with WWII Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Harry Stewart. In this episode Lt. Col. Harry Stewart and I talk about.

  • Why Lt. Col. Harry Stewart wanted to get into aviation.
  • How Laguardia used to be called North Beach Airport
  • How some aviation legends led Lt. Col. Harry Stewart to dream towards the sky.
  • How there was a limited opportunity for Lt. Col. Harry Stewart to become a pilot.
  • Six months before World War II the Air Corps was willing to train African Americans as pilots.
  • How all training was supposed to be segregated.
  • Where and why Tuskegee was started.
  • Why the military wouldn’t let African Americans become pilots.
  • How there was no way they could create a segregated training environment.
  • Lt. Col Harry Stewart talks about the greatest irony to segregation.
  • We talk about what the environment was like in training.
  • Why instructors came to Tuskegee?
  • How his parents reacted when he was selected to go to Tuskegee.
  • Lt. Col Harry Stewart talks about life growing up in NY.
  • Talks about the warning His parents gave him about going south.
  • How Lt. Col. Harry Stewart had his eyes on the prize (becoming a pilot)
  • Lt. Col. Harry Stewart talks about fulfilling his dream of flying for the first time.
  • Lt. Col. Harry Stewart goes into great detail about his training in WWII.
  • How he received his wings before he could fly a plane.
  • Did he ever feel overwhelmed in his training?
  • Talks about the pressure he was under while in his training.
  • Lt. Col. Harry is Stewart flew 43 missions in WWII.
  • Lt. Col. Goes into extreme detail about a few dogfights.
  • How Lt Co. shot down three airplanes.
  • Lt. Col. Explains what Mission Whiskey is.
  • How bomber pilots became very appreciative of the red tails.
  • Talks about a day when 25 bombers had to divert to their field.
  • Where the name Tuskegee airmen came from
  • Talks about Tuskegee airmen winning the first Top Gun competition.
  • Lt. Col. Talks about being a huge part of integration and the end of segregation.
  • How once the war ended Lt. Col Harry Stewart had to come back to the same Jim Crow America he left 
  • Lt Col talks about life after WWII and how he wasn’t able to continue his aviation career because of the color of his skin.
  • Lot Col. Harry Stewart talks about how great it was to see two African American pilots that were also women.

I hope you enjoy today's episode. If you do please leave a review on iTunes and support the podcast on Patreon!

Happy Flying,

Justin

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