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By Charles W. Dryden

A-Train is the tale of 1 of the black american citizens who, in the course of global battle II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying tuition and served as a pilot within the military Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden offers a fast moving, balanced, and private account of what it used to be prefer to organize for a occupation routinely closed to African americans, how he coped with the frustrations and risks of strive against, and the way he, in addition to many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with a powerful struggle checklist. below 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 limitations of racial prejudice within the militia and at domestic. As a member of that elite team of younger pilots who fought for his or her nation out of the country whereas being denied civil liberties at domestic, Dryden offers an eloquent tale that would contact every reader. 

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But it wasn't enough. It was only the beginning. I wanted to fly bigger airplanes, faster than the 65-horsepower Piper Cub. S. Navy ensign who landed his Grumman F4F Wildcat at Roosevelt Field one day during our Primary CPT Program, taxied up to the ramp, and hopped out. As a few of us student pilots walked around the stubby, dark blue-painted navy fighter plane, the pilot invited us to climb up on the wing to look into the cockpit.  The Waco UPF-7 was a great airplane for aerobatics in the Advanced CPT Program at CCNY in the fall of 1940.

I sang as loudly and as lustily as any of the other kids. In all my five years, until then, I had never heard "the" word, the hated word, the hateful word. It was never used in our household. " "Oh? " And I sang the ditty. Dead silence, for just a moment, Mom and Dad looking at me with strange expressions on their faces. Anger? Disbelief? Shock? I saw all of these but most of all, ANGER! Breathing hard, speaking in a tone I had never heard before, Dad said: "Son, I am not angry with you, but don't you ever sing that song again.

I had almost lost the index finger on my left hand trying to slice a hard loaf of stale bread with one of Dad's razor-sharp carving knives. The blade slipped off the top surface of the stonelike bread; slid down the side, and sliced my finger to the bone at the middle knuckle. Blood spurted, then gushed. " Mom came into the kitchen from somewhere in the apartment, saw my predicament, made a tight bandage with a dish towel, and told me to squeeze the base of the finger. Saying, "Be brave, Sonny, I'll go get your father," she rushed out of our first-floor apartment to the lobby of the building to summon Dad.

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