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June 28, 2008


Pioneering black pilot

Lt. Col. Charles "Chuck" Dryden, one of the first of the pioneering black World War II pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, died Tuesday in Atlanta of natural causes, said a spokesman for the National Museum of Patriotism in Atlanta. Colonel Dryden was on the museum's board of directors.

His 21-year military career included combat missions in Korea and assignments in Japan, Germany and U.S. bases. He retired from the Air Force in 1962.

Colonel Dryden was selected for aviation cadet training as part of a segregated Army Air Corps unit at Tuskegee Army Flying School in Alabama in August 1941.

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