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I Wanted to Be a Pilot: The Making of a Tuskegee Airman

I Wanted to Be a Pilot: The Making of a Tuskegee Airman

by Franklin J. Macon, Elizabeth G. Harper

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One of the original Tuskegee Airmen tells his remarkable story of childhood struggle, relentless perseverance and living his dream in this YA memoir.

As a black child growing up in 1920s Colorado, Frank Macon was often told that he would never amount to anything. His severe dyslexia didn’t help, nor did his tendency for mischief. But in spite of all that, Frank rose to heights beyond anyone’s imagining. Ever since childhood—when he jumped off a roof wearing homemade wings—he wanted to be a pilot. In this inspiring memoir, Frank tells his story of achieving that dream.

As one of the few surviving Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen, Frank’s story offers a personal look at an important episode in American history. It is also an incredible story of resilience and determination that encourages kids to recognize history, believe in themselves, and never give up on their dreams.

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ISBN-13: 9781683509615
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 225
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Franklin J. Macon, Documented Original Tuskegee Airman, is an active member and former President of the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones Chapter Tuskegee Airmen. Frank has spent nearly a century in the world of aviation. As a dyslexic, an aircraft inspector, an airplane mechanic, a research analyst for Scott Science and Technology, and pilot, Frank is a sought-after speaker on the topics of Tuskegee, Black History, WWII, and dyslexia. Frank is a proud member of the Palmer (Colorado Springs Main High) High School Hall of Fame and has lived in Colorado Springs since 1923.
Elizabeth G. Harper is a Reading Interventionist for troubled and adjudicated K-12 students. Elizabeth received her English degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and she earned her Masters in Education Administration from the University of Phoenix, Colorado Springs. As a proud Air Force spouse, Elizabeth educated in multiple states in the areas of middle school and high school English, receiving “Teacher of the Year”, and she taught K-12 ESL/ELL. She has spent over two years and hundreds of hours interviewing, videoing, and just “hanging out” to capture the legacy of Franklin J. Macon and currently resides in Colorado Springs.

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