George Hickman, a Tuskegee airman decorated as among the first black pilots to fly for the U.S. military during World War II, died over the weekend.
The grandson of slaves, Hickman grew up in St. Louis, and joined the segregated pilot training program in Tuskegee, Ala. in 1943, serving until 1945, according to his Army profile.
“There was nothing better in the world. In that biplane, the guy wires between the wings were like musical instruments,” he told The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., in 2011.
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