Tuskegee Airman passes

| November 25, 2020

The KoB sends in the sad news that another of The Greatest Generation has passed. Frank Macon, 97 years old, died at home on Sunday.

The State of Colorado has lost a hero. Former Tuskegee Airman and Colorado Springs resident Frank Macon has died.

Macon died at his home on Sunday. He was 97 years old.

Macon was a Colorado Springs native who learned to fly at an airstrip north of the city that has now become the General Benjamin O. Davis Airfield on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and began military flight training in 1944. He signed up for the Civil Air Patrol after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, when he was in high school.

Macon established the Frank Macon Trades Scholarship Charitable Trust, for those wanting to go to school for a trade. The scholarship will hand out its first award in May.

At its height, there were 14,000 Tuskegee Airmen. Now, it’s estimated there are only about 50 left alive.

Source; 4 CBS Denver

Sounds like Macon was a hell of a guy. To read more about him, check out these articles.

Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

World War II Tuskegee Airman Franklin J. Macon visiting Hope

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  1. Fyrfighter says:

    Got to meet him once at a leadership summit at the AFA… You’re right, he was a hell not a man. RIP warrior!

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    Godspeed and Fare Well TA Frank Macon. May your final flight land you in Valhalla with your Warrior Brothers. Indeed, a hell of a man with his accomplishments Would be interesting to know more of his lineage, a Native of Colorado, with the surname of Macon…not exactly a common name, many coming from Nathaniel Macon, Rev War, North Carolina Statesman. Many cities/towns/counties in the South named for Nathaniel.

    BZ and Thank You for your Service Good Sir.

    Slight side bar on info from the article. Mention is made of General Benjamin O. Davis Air Field there at the AFA. Many of our Wing Wiping Airedaled Brethren and Sistern are familiar with Gen Davis. There was a big push a few years ago in the City of Warner Robins Georgia to re-name a major City Street somewhere for Dr. Martin Luther King. (There was already a street named for MLK, thru a prominent neighborhood, name being changed from the name of an original settler of the area.) The push was to change the name of Davis Drive, THE major north/south road in the area. The SJW were all over the local news screeching for the Davis name to be removed because they thought it had to do with Jefferson Davis. Imagine their surprise when local historians pointed out, after due diligence research, that Davis Drive had been named for General Benjamin Davis.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_O._Davis_Jr.

  3. Thunderstixx says:

    Talk about brave, these guys are all the epitome of brave.
    They fought two wars and won both of them.
    One against the Axis Powers of WWII and the second was against the anner of treatment they endured being black men in America in a hugely racist civilization…
    They should all get their places in the annals of true War Heroes…
    Rest easy Airman, your tour of duty is done and thank you for your service…

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Catch the tailwind, Mr. Macon. 2nd star to the right and straight on ’till morning.

  5. Green Thumb says:

    I have met a few of these dudes over the years.

    Rest well, Mr. Macon.