Oldest Surviving Tuskegee Airman Visits JC Hayward


WASHINGTON (WUSA) — A member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II joined us on our noon show on Friday. They were the first ever group of African American aviators in the U.S. to fight facism in Europe, while fighting racism at home.

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Lieutenant Colonel Bob Friend is the oldest surviving Tuskegee airman. Col. Friend flew 142 combat missions over Europe during World War II.


Lt. Col. Friend said he thinks the movie “Red Tails” is a fair portrayal of what happened, and says he think George Lucas did a “fine job with a tough problem.” According to Friend, Lucas successfully highlighting the Tuskegee Airmen as a group, not individually.

PHOTOS: Lt. Col. Bob Friend

Watch the entire interview with Col. Friend by clicking on the video above.



  • Angela M Bland

    THANK YOU!! Lieutenant Colonel Friend for sacrificing your life for all of america,I THANK GOD!! for giving you a long life to enjoy and see the changes in america. You are my HERO!! along with your fellow TUSKEGEE AIRMEN GOD BLESS YOU SIR!! I SALUTE YOU!!!