Tuskegee Airman from Bethesda Honored with Super Bowl Coin Toss

Col. Charles McGee, 100-year-old former Tuskegee Airman and Bethesda resident, participated in the 54th Super Bowl coin toss on Feb. 2. 

The Tuskegee Airmen were the only black pilots during World War II. In the war, McGee flew in 136 combat missions. At the on-field coin toss, he was joined by three other 100-year-old veterans: Staff Sgt. Odón Sanchez Cardenas, Lt. Samuel Lombardo and Cpl. Sidney Walton.

Col. Charles McGee | Photo Courtesy of the CAF                                  Red Tail Squadron

The Senior Programs Aimed at Re-Kindling Lifetime Engagement (SPARKLE) is hosting a talk with McGee on Feb. 12 at Buffalo Soldiers Great Hall, as part of Silver Spring’s Black History Month celebration.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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