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Tuskegee Airman celebrates 100th birthday with flight

A member of the Tuskegee Airmen celebrated his 100th birthday by taking a flight.

Retired Army Air Forces Col. Charles McGee flew a private jet Friday between Frederick, Maryland, and Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, news outlets reported.

The Tuskegee Airmen is the nickname of the first African American unit to fly combat airplanes in World War II. The Air Force recently honored the famed group of airmen with the naming of its new trainer jet.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee banks a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet through a turn during a round trip flight from Maryland to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to help celebrate his 100th birthday, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. McGee's birthday is Dec. 7. (AP PhotoDavid Tulis)

McGee is one of the Air Force's most celebrated pilots. He flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars.

McGee, who turned 100 on Saturday, attributes positive thinking to his longevity.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, preflights a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet with pilot Boni Caldeira before flying the jet to help celebrate his 100th birthday, at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Maryland, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. McGee's birthday is Dec. 7. (AP PhotoDavid Tulis)

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee (center), a decorated veteran of three wars, receives a congratulatory a send off after visiting with 436 Aerial Port Squadron personnel at Dover Air Force Base to help celebrate his 100th birthday in Dover, Delaware, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. McGee's birthday is Dec. 7. (AP PhotoDavid Tulis)

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman and a decorated veteran of three wars, flies a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet with assistance from pilot Boni Caldeira during a round trip flight from Frederick, Maryland, to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to help celebrate McGee's 100th birthday, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. McGee's birthday is Dec. 7. (AP PhotoDavid Tulis)