Co-authors Harold Brown and Marsha Bordner will present a book talk on their publication “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman” Wednesday, Nov. 8, from noon-1 p.m., in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst performing Arts Center on the main campus, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094. Admission is free.
In May 1944, Colonel Harold Brown graduated from Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) and was assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group. During World War II, Colonel Brown flew 30 missions as a bomber-escort fighter pilot before being shot down on a strafing mission and held as a German prisoner of war. General George Patton’s forces liberated him in 1945. After the war ended, he continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel with 23 years of active duty service. Brown’s newly released memoir chronicles his wartime experiences as one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, fighting two wars at once: one against Hitler’s fascist regime overseas and one against racial segregation at home.
At the event, Brown, now 92 years old and one of the last remaining Tuskegee Airmen, will discuss the book with this wife and co-author Marsha Bordner. “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman” is published by the University of Alabama Press. Copies will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact the Lakeland Women’s Center at 440.525.7491.