New commemorative sneakers honor DC-area Tuskegee Airman

The CAF shoes honoring Charles McGee, one of the last living Tuskegee Airmen.

Tuskegee airman Charles McGee, 100, salutes as his great grandson Iain Lanphier looks 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. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Tuskegee airman Charles McGee, 100, salutes as his great grandson Iain Lanphier looks 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.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman and a decorated veteran of three wars, flies a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet with assistance from pilot Boni Caldeira during a round trip flight from Frederick, Maryland, to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to help celebrate McGee's 100th birthday, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. McGee's birthday is Dec. 7. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman and a decorated veteran of three wars, flies a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet with assistance from pilot Boni Caldeira during a round trip flight from Frederick, Maryland, to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to help celebrate McGee’s 100th birthday, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. McGee’s birthday is Dec. 7.

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Tuskegee airman Charles McGee, 100, salutes as his great grandson Iain Lanphier looks 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. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman and a decorated veteran of three wars, flies a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet with assistance from pilot Boni Caldeira during a round trip flight from Frederick, Maryland, to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to help celebrate McGee's 100th birthday, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. McGee's birthday is Dec. 7. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

While vintage Air Jordan shoes have been getting a lot of attention recently, you might want to check out another pair of sneakers honoring a different African American hero.

A new pair of shoes honors retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, one of the last living Tuskegee Airmen.

The 100-year-old, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland, has been honored with a low-top sneaker adorned with insignia and markings from the P-51 Mustang fighter bomber he flew during 136 combat missions in World War II.

The shoes are sold by CAF (Commemorative Air Force) Rise Above, a nonprofit organization which helps tell the story of both the Airmen and the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The shoes cost $59. Shoes are custom-made-to-order, handcrafted and available in men’s sizing. All funds from each purchase will go toward the organization’s educational outreach efforts.

McGee served for 30 years in the military, and flew 409 total combat missions, the most of any U.S. service member. He was promoted to brigadier general from colonel on Feb. 4 in a White House ceremony.

Two days before the promotion, McGee and three other veterans, each 100 years of age, participated in the coin toss at the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Retired Tuskegee Airman Air Force Colonel Charles McGee spoke with WTOP’s Kristi King in December 2019, when he turned 100 years old: 

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