Pilots Honor Tuskegee Airman with Flyover in Virginia

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Alfred Farrar, a Tuskegee Airman
In this Dec. 9, 2020, file photo, Alfred Farrar, a Tuskegee Airman, poses for a portrait in the doorway of his home in Lynchburg, Va. Farrar died on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Virginia, only days before a ceremony planned to honor his service in the program that famously trained Black military pilots during World War II. He was 99. (Kendall Warner/The News & Advance via AP)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A group of Virginia pilots performed a flyover to honor a former Tuskegee Airman who died just days before his 100th birthday.

Alfred Thomas Farrar, who was part of the program that famously trained Black military pilots during World War II, died earlier this month. He was 99.

News outlets report that several local pilots performed a flyover honoring Farrar in his hometown of Lynchburg on Saturday, which would have been his 100th birthday.

Farrar learned to be a pilot during his time in U.S. Army Air Corps program but didn’t fly any combat missions overseas, according to his son. After his discharge in 1943, Farrar studied to be an aerospace engineer and worked as an engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration for four decades.

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