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Tuskegee Airman Richard Macon Featured Speaker on March 7 at EAA AirVenture Museum


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (March 2, 2007) — Richard Macon, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the small group of African-American pilots that overcame racism to fly combat missions during World War II, will be the featured speaker at a special free evening program at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh on Wednesday, March 7.

The program begins at 7 p.m. in the museum's Gann Exhibit area and is open to the public. There is no charge to attend, but a free-will donation is appreciated.

Richard D. Macon was born in Birmingham, Ala., and in 1943 he became a cadet and graduated as a fighter pilot. He then flew the P-40, P-39 and P-47. Lieutenant Macon became a replacement pilot with the 99th Fighter Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group and has 16 missions to his credit. On Aug. 12, 1944, he was strafing ground targets over southern France when his P-51 Mustang was hit by ground fire. It was flipped upside down at treetop level and the right wing separated.

Macon learned that his plane had crashed into a building used by the Germans as a headquarters, killing 40 German officers and soldiers. Macon's neck was broken and the lower part of his body was temporarily paralyzed. Narrowly missing being shot by a firing squad, he became a war prisoner for more than nine months. Decorations include the Air Medal, Presidential Citation and Purple Heart. He retired with the rank of Captain.

The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Highway 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round and family memberships are available. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.airventuremuseum.org.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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