Tuskegee airman funeral

Family, friends and admirers of Air Force Lt. Col. Luke Weathers, Jr., one of the original Tuskegee airmen, attend his burial ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. A <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB00177643425144" title="Congressional Gold Medal Honorees" href="/topic/politics/congressional-gold-medal-honorees-PECLB00177643425144.topic">Congressional Gold Medal</a> recipient, Weathers earned a Distinguished Flying Cross piloting P-51 and P-39 fighters while serving with the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000125" title="Tuskegee Airmen" href="/topic/unrest-conflicts-war/defense/tuskegee-airmen-ORGOV0000125.topic">332nd Fighter Group</a>, a squadron known as the Red Tails, from 1942 to 1945. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Weathers named his plane "The Spirit of Beale Street."

( Getty Images / January 20, 2012 )

Family, friends and admirers of Air Force Lt. Col. Luke Weathers, Jr., one of the original Tuskegee airmen, attend his burial ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. A Congressional Gold Medal recipient, Weathers earned a Distinguished Flying Cross piloting P-51 and P-39 fighters while serving with the 332nd Fighter Group, a squadron known as the Red Tails, from 1942 to 1945. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Weathers named his plane "The Spirit of Beale Street."

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