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The Tuskegee Airmen’s heroic placement in the annals of American history was revived for a new generation when the movie Red Tails hit theatres this year. Â Some children had never heard of them before and now that they have the tale, they have new heroes.

Four and a half year old  Quinn Thorne, is a new fan of the Tuskegee airmen after seeing the movie with his dad, Glen Thorne, who is a Navy veteran.  Little Quinn had plenty of questions on his birthday for everyone in the room, but when he saw the decorated African American elders in the room he made a bee line to them to find out if they were the famous fighter pilots of World War II.

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Leonard Yates, 88, is an Original Tuskegee Airman and only one of 40 to 50 documented Tuskegee Airmen still alive today.  He heard of the little boy and how much he loved the Tuskegee Airmen and flew from Sacramento, California to Twin Falls, Idaho to meet the boy.

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