Airmail Greetings proudly unveils our very first collector's card featuring personal long-time friend, Lt. Col. James Harvey III, original Tuskegee Airmen. James is distinguished as being this country's very first Black jet fighter pilot, flying missions over Korea, and was also awarded in 1949 as the USAF first "Top Gun" pilot. In 2007 he was decorated with the Congressional Gold Medal in which there have only been 73 awarded in this country's history.
Taking place over the desert floor in his P-47N Thunderbolt at what would soon become Nellis AFB, this illustration depicts just one of the five event flown by the teams competing at the first Top Gun meet being the "Skip Bombing" event in which Col. Harvey executed flawlessly. The story of their contributions, and the trophy awarded that day is finally brought to light and on permanent display at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, which was kept hidden for decades.
In a sincere commitment to preserve our aviation heritage Airmail Greetings quickly stepped up to produce an outstanding informative tri-fold brochure and also donated a comprehensive, and visually stunning website to help tell the full story of this highly decorated Tuskegee Airman. Harvey's new website took weeks to create and was developed with great care by Jones and programming master, Bruce Quackenbush, and produced by our very best efforts to be worthy of this living aviation legend.
We encourage you to learn more about the inspiring true story of this legendary aviator at: www.tuskegeetopgun.com