This Year Real Men Cook features a tribute to
Lt. Calvin J. Spann
Tuskegee Airman P51
Red Tail Pilot
In 1944, upon receiving his wings at Tuskegee, graduating in Class 44G, Calvin Spann was sent to Walterboro, SC for overseas training in the P-47 Thunderbolt. His orders designated him a replacement pilot at the Ramitelli, Italy Air Base, and a training manual to fly the P-51 Mustang.
Lt. Spann flew 26 combat missions including the longest and most historical mission of WWII, from Ramitelli, Italy to Berlin, Germany. Spann is among the elite group of pilots and living legends, of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 100th Fighter Squadron who served Col. Benjamin O. Davis, upholding the impeccable record of “never losing a bomber to enemy air attacks.”
Today Dr. Spann speaks to audiences and youth, inspiring the Can-Do Attitude of achieving excellence. Dr. Spann has been graced with many accolades and citations from the military, private and public corporations. More recently he was inducted into the NJ and Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. He also received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Public Service from Tuskegee University. The Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Bush and accepted an invitation to the inauguration of President Obama.
Dr. Spann has made many appearances from corporate to military events, educational programs, entertainment venues, grand openings, sporting events and more. His favorite is speaking to our youth, encouraging them to overcome any objections and to succeed with excellence. His remarkable story will inspire, motivate and empower audiences from all walks of life.
After a lifelong residency in NJ, Dr. Spann is now a resident of this great state of Texas.
Father's Day Sunday, June 16, 2013
Gilley's / Palladium
1135 South Lamar Street