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Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:10 am, Sun Feb 6, 2011.

Famed Tuskegee Airman Charles Flowers, who died last week, age 92, blessed the name of Eleanor Roosevelt. He was a member of the "Tuskegee Experiment" ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1940, to determine if Negroes could develop a flying unit under the command of Capt. Benjamin O. Davis.

Within a year, the program was on the Congressional chopping block, with Southern legislators ranting that Negroes did not have the intelligence to learn to fly, and the experiment was a waste of government funds.

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