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Stamp to honor black aviator

on February 25, 2014 10:20 AM

BRYN MAWR (AP) — The Postal Service will issue a stamp honoring the head instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military pilots who fought in World War II.

The postage commemorating Charles Alfred Anderson will be unveiled March 13 at a ceremony in Bryn Mawr, the Philadelphia suburb where he grew up.

In 1932, Anderson became the first African American to earn a commercial pilot’s license. He went on to teach aviation at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

The 70-cent stamp notes Anderson’s affectionate nickname of “Chief,” which is what students called him.

Anderson died in 1996 at the age of 89. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame last year.

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