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    Tuskegee Airman Gets His Wings

    A 90-year-old war hero is being honored in a big way. (Published Friday, Feb. 20, 2015)

    He shot down German planes as a fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, but after the war, when Harry Stewart tried to get a job as a commercial airline pilot, he was turned down because of the color of his skin.

    Decades later, that 90-year-old war hero who now lives in Oakland County, Michigan is being honored in a big way.

    Stewart admitted to choking up Thursday when he received his honorary captain's wings.

    It's no wonder, considering what happened to him in 1949: The Tuskegee Airman asked for a pilot's job, but he was turned down twice because of his race.

    "I would certainly not inspire the confidence of passengers as I walked down the aisle," Stewart recalled being told.

    Read more at ClickonDetroit.com.