By Charles W. Dryden
A-Train is the tale of 1 of the black americans who, in the course of international struggle II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying tuition and served as a pilot within the military Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden provides a fast moving, balanced, and private account of what it used to be wish to organize for a occupation generally closed to African americans, how he coped with the frustrations and risks of wrestle, and the way he, besides many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with an impressive warfare list. lower than 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" list. a few have been shot down, a lot of them have been killed or captured through the enemy, and several other gained medals of valor and honor. however the airmen nonetheless confronted nice boundaries of racial prejudice within the militia and at domestic. As a member of that elite staff of younger pilots who fought for his or her state in a foreign country whereas being denied civil liberties at domestic, Dryden provides an eloquent tale that may contact each reader.
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My advanced course instructor was, again, Bill Pyhota. And I Page 20 had great fun as he taught me acrobatics: chandelles, loops, Immelman turns, split- "S's," Cuban 8s, lazy 8s, snap rolls, slow rolls, vertical reverses, falling leaves, spin recovery. Precision flying techniques were learned in performing 360-degree and 720-degree overhead landing approaches to power-off "spot" landings. Toward the end of the forty-hour flying program I had to plan and fly a solo cross-country navigation flight with landings at two strange fields and final landing at Roosevelt Field.
I knew it would be the last time I would fly with this peerless young pilot-instructor with the half smile and a twinkle in his eyes whenever a student pilot did something really right. Eighty hours of flying under his tutelage had earned him my respect and admiration. I hope that life has dealt him fair skies and tail winds through the years, for it was Bill Pyhota who first unfurled the wings of this fledgling. Page 21 4 Off to Tuskegee � August 1941 By the end of the Advanced CPT course in February 1941 I was broke.
This historical drama of mine is replete with anecdotes. In most instances the anecdotes are narrated by the use of dialogue. Admittedly, due to the passage of decades since the anecdotes occurred, the dialogue is not verbatim but is, in most cases, a reasonable facsimile of things said more than a half century ago. Moreover, by literary license the sometimes salty language of warriors, such as the Tuskegee Airmen were, has been softened to suit the tastes of all readers, especially young innocents who, it is Page xiv my hope, will read these memoirs.