WWII plane restored to honor Mid-South hero

WWII plane restored to honor Mid-South hero

(WMC-TV) – A man who made history for being one of the first African-American pilots to fly in the United States armed forces is making history again.

A memorial is being dedicated in honor of the Booker T. Washington graduate, who first made history as a Tuskegee airman.

Lane College will dedicate a memorial in honor of Colonel Luke Weathers.

"Tuskegee airmen are a big part of aviation history and American history for that matter," said Nick Fleming, Tennessee Technology Center.

Students at the Tennessee Technology Center are working to fix up a plane that will soon be seen at the monument honoring Colonel Weathers.

A ceremony presenting the restoration project will be held at Lane College's homecoming.

The plane was brought to the Tennessee Technology Center in pieces. Student say it took them about four months to put it back together.

For the students working on the project, the work is an honor.

Weathers joined the famous Tuskegee airmen group when World War II broke out.

"He went into the services, he wanted to be a pilot. He said, 'If I die I don't want to die peeling potatoes. I want to die fighting,'" said LaSimba Gray, Lane College Alumni Association.

Colonel Weathers was buried with full honors at Arlington Cemetery in January.

His son, Luke Weathers III, says his father left a lasting legacy.

"He portrayed the example that if you want to do it you can," he said.

On Friday, Colonel Weather's courage and the courage of other airmen will be saluted when the restored plane is put on permanent display in Jackson.

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