New Stamp Honors Tuskegee Airman Charles Anderson, Sr.
Matt | On 06, Mar 2014
The U.S. Postal Service is unveiling an historic stamp next week to honor the aviation trailblazers known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson, Sr., who has been dubbed “the father of black aviation,” will receive the first stamp honoring the Airmen. It was Anderson who taught the group of black military pilots during World War II. He was also the first pilot to successfully land a plane in the Bahamas. According to the Grio, when Anderson earned his air transport license in 1932, he was the only black person in the nation eligible to fly commercially or be a flight instructor.
Despite all his formidable accomplishments, Anderson did not seek the limelight. He died in 1996. His family now runs the C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson Foundation in his honor. They, along with a surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen, will attend the ceremony to launch the stamp on March 13 at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
The stamp is part of the USPS’s “Distinguished Americans” series honoring various Americans in history since 2000. It will go on sale to the general public on March 13 and will cost 70 cents for First Class Mail.