Charles Bailey

Charles Phillip Bailey was born on November 25, 1918, in Punta Gorda, Florida. He was the son of Archie Bailey and Josephine Bailey.   Bailey attended the historically black university Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he played football on a full scholarship. Bailey possessed a deep desire in becoming a pilot but, Bethune-Cookman University did not have a civil…

Roscoe J. Brown, Pt. 2

The Messerschmitt 262 Jet Kill On March 24, 1945, the Tuskegee Airmen flew their longest mission of the war, escorting heavy bombers to Berlin (which was farther from their base in Italy than from American airfields in England). Over the German capital, they encountered Messerschmitt Me 262 jets. To confront the bombers and fighters, the Luftwaffe had launched 30 Me…

Lockheed Have Blue – Warbird Wednesday Episode #112

Welcome to Warbird Wednesday! Today we’re visiting the first-fixed wing aircraft designed to avoid radar detection, the Lockheed Have Blue. The shape of Have Blue was based on, the Soviet Physicist and Mathematician, Petr Ufimtsev published work on the deflection of electromagnetic waves. This, proof-of-concept test stealth aircraft, was requested by DARPA and would later render Soviet air defenses useless…

Roscoe J. Brown Jr., Pt 1.

Roscoe C. Brown Jr. was squadron commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. During combat, he served as a flight leader and operations officer. He had graduated from the Tuskegee Flight School on March 12, 1944, as a member of class 44-C-SE.   The 100th Fighter Squadron deployed to the war in Europe as a part…

Alexander Jefferson

When visiting with Alex, I immediately found him to be a very gracious and humble person. He has a bright personality that is accompanied by a joyful grin. Alex is simply a great person to be around. He is now 100 years old!   Originally from Detroit, Alexander attained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Clark College in…

Rhea Seddon

In February 2020, the Palm Springs Air Museum honored Rhea Seddon for her outstanding achievements in space as a NASA Mission Specialist. Her portrait was added to the Museum’s “Wall of Fame.”   Margaret Rhea Seddon had been awarded her doctor of medicine (MD) degree in 1973. She did her internship at the Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis and three years…

First Lt. Walter Palmer

First Lt. Walter J.A. Palmer became a US Army Air Force pilot in 1943, graduating in class SE-43-F. He flew 158 combat missions over Italy and Germany during World War II. He was assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group.   In February 1944, the 100th, 301st, and 302nd fighter squadrons arrived in Italy. Together, with…

Rusty Burns

I met Rusty Burns while I was painting the Tuskegee Airmen mural at the Palm Springs Air Museum. I was up a ladder in the middle of the painting when I noticed a fellow watching me. I asked him if I could answer any questions. His reply was, “You’re painting me!” I came down from the ladder to shake his hand.…

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