Public viewing to be held in DC for Tuskegee Airman

FILE – Tuskegee airman Charles McGee and his great grandson Iain Lanphier react as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen who flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. He was 102. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

A public viewing will be held in D.C. for Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee who died last Sunday at the age of 102 in his Maryland home.

The viewing will be held on Feb. 5 at Joseph Gawler’s Sons at 5130 Wisconsin Ave. Members of the public can pay their respects from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m.

A private funeral will be held on Feb. 6 and a public memorial at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled at a future date.

McGee flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars and later helped to bring attention to the Black pilots who had battled racism at home to fight for freedom abroad.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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