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By Charles W. Dryden

A-Train is the tale of 1 of the black americans who, in the course of international conflict II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying institution and served as a pilot within the military Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden provides a fast paced, balanced, and private account of what it used to be wish to organize for a occupation characteristically closed to African american citizens, how he coped with the frustrations and risks of wrestle, and the way he, in addition to many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with a powerful struggle checklist. less than the command of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the Tuskegee airmen fought over North Africa, Sicily, and Europe, escorting American bomber crews who revered their "no-losses" checklist. a few have been shot down, a lot of them have been killed or captured by means of the enemy, and several other gained medals of valor and honor. however the airmen nonetheless confronted nice obstacles of racial prejudice within the military and at domestic. As a member of that elite workforce of younger pilots who fought for his or her kingdom out of the country whereas being denied civil liberties at domestic, Dryden provides an eloquent tale that might contact each reader. 

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Sides of the cockpit. S. Army Air Corps, who visited the Matthews and Rappaport hangar one day. He was assigned to the pursuit squadron stationed at Mitchel Field, next door to Roosevelt Field. I was fascinated by his tales about flying the Curtis P-40 "Tomahawk" with which his squadron was equipped. " Still, more than ever, I wanted to be a military pilot flying a sleek, fast, all-metal pursuit plane. My next chance at reaching my goal came with being selected for the Advanced CPT course. Matthews and Rappaport had a contract to conduct the advanced course using a Waco UPF-7 biplane with two open cockpits and 250-horsepower engine.

Crossing the wide avenue to the hot dog stand on the other side of the street was unnerving, especially with the double vision blurring oncoming cars and trucks. But with God's help I made it across. While wolfing down what looked like two hot dogs (although I had ordered only one), I was thinking how blessed I was to have been born to strong, healthy parents who had fed me the proper foods, insisted on my getting an education, and were, themselves, models of decent God-fearing people. Mother: gentle, patient, gracious.

Together, she and Dad emphasized four things in my rearing: love and serve God, obey your parents, be loyal to your family, and get a good education. Dad wasDad. Not Pop. Not a "take-me-out-to-the-ball-game" sort of father and yet not a rigid disciplinarian. Make no mistake, he was firm in demanding no-nonsense obedience, and I made sure to make as few mistakes as possible to avoid encounters between his razor strop and my hind parts. But I felt his love for me Page 8 from his tender lullabies as he rocked his firstborn infant to sleep.

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