Tuskegee Air­man Floyd Carter Sr. dies; he was 95

South Florida Times - - OBITUARIES -

NEW YORK (AP) - Floyd Carter Sr., a Tuskegee Air­man who was awarded a Con­gres­sional Gold Medal, has died at the age of 95, ac­cord­ing to the New York Po­lice Depart­ment.

In ad­di­tion to his ser­vice with the fa­bled Tuskegee Air­men, Carter spent 27 years with the NYPD, where his du­ties in­cluded guard­ing vis­it­ing heads of state, in­clud­ing Cuban leader Fidel Cas­tro and Soviet head Nikita Khrushchev, the Daily News re­ports. The na­tive of York­town, Vir­ginia rose to the rank of Air Force lieu­tenant colonel years af­ter join­ing the group of African-Amer­i­can pi­lots at Tuskegee, ac­cord­ing to the Daily News. It was there that he met his wife Arther­ine, who was work­ing as part of an all-fe­male re­pair crew. Carter wooed her on sev­eral dates in his plane, and they were mar­ried at the air base in 1945.

Carter was hon­ored in 2007 with the Con­gres­sional Gold Medal by Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush.

In 2012, Carter joined “Star Wars” film­maker Ge­orge Lu­cas for a screen­ing of his film “Red Tails” about the Tuskegee Air­men - the first black avi­a­tors in the U.S. mil­i­tary, trained in Alabama as a seg­re­gated unit.

In ad­di­tion to serv­ing dur­ing World War II, Carter flew dur­ing the Korean and Viet­nam wars.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife; their chil­dren, Floyd Jr. and Roza­lind; grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren.

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Tuskegee Air­man Floyd Carter Sr.

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