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Lottery is ‘predatory’ toward the poor: Expert delivers scathing indictment of game he calls ‘a lie, a con’

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A Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased in Maine was worth a staggering $1.348 billion this past Friday night. 

The winning jackpot is the fourth-largest the world has ever seen and the second-largest in Mega Millions game history, as FOX Business reported.

While many people play the lottery with dreams of financial freedom and an escape from their current reality, one national expert is sounding the alarm about the practice, saying “predatory” gambling is America’s “most neglected major problem.”

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Les Bernal is national director of Stop Predatory Gambling, an organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

“Through its advertising and marketing of lotteries, state governments have turned a nation of small earners — who could be small savers — into a nation of habitual gamblers,” Bernal told Fox News Digital by email.

A customer at a 7-Eleven on Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills receives his lottery tickets on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. 

A customer at a 7-Eleven on Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills receives his lottery tickets on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. 
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Bernal also said that over the next eight years, the American people are “going to lose more than $1 trillion of personal wealth to commercialized gambling, at least half of which is being extracted by state lotteries.”

He added, “If you could just cut that figure by 50%, there’s no other policy reform that comes in 1,000 miles of that to make a bigger difference in the lives of everyday Americans.”

‘Exploiting’ people’s ‘financial desperation’

Bernal offered specific examples of how lotteries prey on lower-income citizens.

He pointed out that there is a concentration of sales outlets in poorer communities, as well as messages on scratch tickets that “deceitfully declare” that playing is “your fastest way to a million dollars!” 

One Massachusetts 50-year-old who regularly gives scratch tickets as gifts to people he doesn’t know well, such as gifts for grab-bags, said that practice sometimes “leaves a twinge of guilt, to be honest.”

He also said, “How do I know that the recipient isn’t teetering on the edge of a gambling addiction? It’s worth thinking about.”

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Bernal continued, “So if you’re someone who just lost their job, or you’re trying to pay your rent at the end of the month, or you need money to pay a large medical bill, state lotteries attempt to position themselves as the answer — exploiting the financial desperation of our fellow citizens.”

“How do I know that the recipient isn’t teetering on the edge of a gambling addiction?”

Many states are now selling $50 scratch tickets — “and Texas sells $100 scratch-off tickets” in low-income neighborhoods — “to citizens making a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour,” he said.

Fox News reached out to the Texas Lottery for comment.

Les Bernal, national director of Stop Predatory Gambling in Washington, D.C., told Fox News Digital, "Lotteries run aggressive marketing campaigns to lure low-income people to buy tickets."

Les Bernal, national director of Stop Predatory Gambling in Washington, D.C., told Fox News Digital, “Lotteries run aggressive marketing campaigns to lure low-income people to buy tickets.”
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“A citizen has to work two days before they can lose it all in an instant to a $100 scratch ticket promoted by Texas state government,” Bernal noted.

“State lottery advertising and marketing is the public voice of American government today,” he continued. 

The financial exchange is “mathematically stacked against you,” said Bernal, so “you will lose your money in the end – especially if you keep gambling.”

“It’s what we advertise to the American people more than anything else — and it’s a con. It’s a lie,” Bernal also said. 

“What government incentivizes to the American people shapes our national character.”

Lottery marketing by income level

Bernal said that state lotteries are “driven by greed,” and their marketing and advertising strategies toward lower-income groups are “a reflection of this.”

Advertising is tailored by income category, he noted.

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“Lotteries run aggressive marketing campaigns to lure low-income people to buy tickets,” he said.

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<p>“But with middle- and upper-income groups,” he continued, “lotteries target messages about the amount of money the lottery is directing to education, college scholarships or protecting the environment, depending on the state.”</p>
<p>What separates state lotteries from every other business, including vices like alcohol and tobacco, is that it’s a “big con game,” said Bernal.</p>
<p>“If you pay for a pizza, a ticket to a sporting event or a glass of wine, that’s what you receive in return,” he said.</p>
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<p>“With lotteries, what you receive is a financial exchange offering the<i> </i>lure that you <i>might</i> win money,” he continued.</p>
<p>This financial exchange is “mathematically stacked against you,” Bernal continued, so “you will lose your money in the end — especially if you keep gambling.”</p>
<p>Bernal added, “Citizens are conned into thinking they can win money on games that are designed to get them fleeced in the end. Success only comes at someone else’s expense.”</p>
<p>Bernal called it “a form of consumer financial fraud,” such as “price-gouging and false advertising.”</p>
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<p>The truth is, he noted, “financial peace occurs most often from the act of regularly saving small sums of money over the long term.”</p>
<h2>Needed reforms in marketing, advertising</h2>
<p>Bernal believes there are three long-overdue reforms to address the major problem of predatory gambling. </p>
<p><strong>1. Protect the health and well-being of kids and families</strong> by restricting gambling advertising, marketing and sponsorships.</p>
<p>This includes restricting all gambling advertising and marketing on the internet, streaming platforms, TV, radio and point-of-sale locations such as convenience stores and gas stations, he said. </p>
<p>Bernal noted that “we do [this] for other products that have been formally recognized as dangerous and addictive, such as tobacco and opioids.”</p>
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Restricting the sale of lottery products in check-cashing outlets that “serve un-banked, low-income people” is one needed reform, said Bernal.
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2. Dramatically reduce poverty by cutting the financial losses that citizens are suffering to state lotteries by 50%.

This action would result in allowing families to keep $250 billion of personal wealth over the next eight years, Bernal said.

This includes restricting the practice of marketing “high-dollar lottery tickets” (i.e. tickets greater than $5) and other rapid-play commercialized gambling games such as “electronic gambling machines and Keno-like games, especially in low-income areas,” said Bernal.

“More than 40 million Americans are experiencing harm caused by the greed of big gambling operators, and each one of them has a personal story that breaks your heart.”

Also, restrict the sale of lottery products in check-cashing outlets, “which serve un-banked, low-income people,” Bernal advised.

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Third, “cap stake levels on all electronic gambling machine-style games, regardless [of] whether it is a physical machine or online, to $2 or less,” Bernal advised.

3. End the practice of state lottery operators reaping half their profits from citizens who have been turned into addicted gamblers.

This includes dismantling the industry-funded “responsible gambling” system — and replacing it with the same kind of “public health approach” that is applied to other harmful products in society, said Bernal.

An assortment of Virginia Lottery scratch-off cards here have all been scratched to reveal that each card is a losing ticket.

An assortment of Virginia Lottery scratch-off cards here have all been scratched to reveal that each card is a losing ticket.
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Also, require commercialized gambling interests to be subject to “the same civil litigation laws as any other business in a state,” Bernal also said.

One woman’s ‘stacks of losing tickets’

“More than 40 million Americans are experiencing harm caused by the greed of big gambling operators, and each one of them has a personal story that breaks your heart,” Bernal said.

“This government program of state lotteries has led her to a lifetime of hovering above the poverty line and will keep her there all of her remaining days.”

Bernal shared a personal story he is aware of, in which addictive lottery playing affected a senior citizen’s future.

One woman “had a steady job with a decent wage and for over 30 years she spent several hundred dollars a week on lottery tickets,” Bernal said.

Les Bernal told Fox News Digital, "More than 40 million Americans are experiencing harm caused by the greed of big gambling operators."

Les Bernal told Fox News Digital, “More than 40 million Americans are experiencing harm caused by the greed of big gambling operators.”
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“She kept the stacks of losing tickets year after year. Now she’s near retirement age, she’s still working long hours, but [she] is still living month-to-month financially,” he added.

Bernal continued, “If she had put all the money that she lost on government-sponsored lottery tickets over the last 30 years and had invested it month by month in a simple Standard & Poor’s 500 Index Fund, she would be a millionaire today.”

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He also said, “This government program of state lotteries has led her to a lifetime of hovering above the poverty line and will keep her there all of her remaining days.”

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Fox News Digital reached out to the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which coordinates Powerball, for comment.

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Frozen pipes: What not to do — and how to prevent them entirely

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When the temperature drops, homeowners need to be on the lookout for something they might not be able to actually see: a frozen pipe. 

Once a frozen pipe in a home is discovered, it’s important to act fast to safely thaw the pipe. Ice expands as it is formed, so a frozen pipe could burst — and create a flood. 

These floods can be devastating to a home, and can be extremely expensive for a homeowner or renter.  

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The insurance company State Farm paid more than $181 million in 2022 for claims related to damages from frozen pipes, with the average claim costing over $20,000, the company reported in a recent news release.

Michael Davis, an Illinois-based plumbing and HVAC expert and writer at the website PlumberTip, shared some dos and don’ts with Fox News Digital when it comes to dealing with frozen pipes. 

Frost may accumulate on the frozen part of the pipe, a plumbing expert told Fox News Digital. 

Frost may accumulate on the frozen part of the pipe, a plumbing expert told Fox News Digital. 
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Here are his tip tops.

DO try to find the trouble spot

“Locate the frozen section of the pipe,” Davis told Fox News Digital. 

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“You may be able to identify the frozen section by looking for frost on the outside of the pipe or feeling for a section that is colder than the rest of the pipe.”

DO attempt to thaw the pipe with common household items

“If the frozen section is visible, apply heat to the area using an electric heating pad, a hair dryer or a portable space heater,” said Davis. 

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This advice, however, comes with a pretty big caveat.

Using a blowtorch to thaw a frozen pipe could damage the pipe. 

Using a blowtorch to thaw a frozen pipe could damage the pipe. 
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DON’T use a blowtorch or open flame to thaw a pipe

In addition to being dangerous, using a blowtorch to melt a frozen pipe may actually damage the pipe, Davis explained — making matters much worse. 

DON’T panic if the frozen section cannot be found or accessed 

“If the frozen section is not visible, or if you are unable to access it, turn off the water supply to the affected pipe,” said Davis. 

A plumber should be called if water still is not flowing several hours after a homeowner attempts to thaw a pipe — or if a pipe bursts. 

A plumber should be called if water still is not flowing several hours after a homeowner attempts to thaw a pipe — or if a pipe bursts. 
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After shutting off the water supply, a person then should turn on the faucet to allow for the water to drain as the pipe eventually thaws, he said. 

DO call in a professional, if necessary

If it has been several hours since the pipe was thawed and water is still not flowing, or if the pipe bursts, Davis recommends calling in a plumber. 

DO remember to be proactive

There are many things to do ahead of a cold snap or blizzard to prevent plumbing disasters, said Davis. 

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“To prevent frozen pipes in the future, consider insulating exposed pipes and keeping the thermostat set to the same temperature both day and night,” he said. 

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And if the forecast shows temperatures falling below 32 degrees, “letting a slow trickle of water flow through the pipes” can prevent them from freezing, said Davis. 

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Meet the American who taught the Tuskegee Airmen to fly: Pioneer pilot Charles ‘Chief’ Anderson

The Tuskegee Airmen soar across American military lore nearly 80 years after victory in World War II.

The heroic U.S Army Air Corps pilots battled for equality at home before they battled Nazis in the skies over Europe. 

The unit of African American pilots in the segregated Army earned their wings under the tutelage of pioneering pilot Charles A. Anderson. 

Dubbed “Chief” by his students, he was the lead flight instructor at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

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He put the wind beneath the wings of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, only after fighting for the right to fly on his own a decade earlier.  

“His reputation was that he expected a lot out of us,” World War II veteran and retired Lt. Col. George Hardy, 97, told Fox News Digital.

Charles "Chief" Anderson put the wind beneath the wings of the Tuskegee Airmen. He taught himself to fly in the 1920s — and became chief flight instructor at the Tuskegee Institute in World War II. 

Charles “Chief” Anderson put the wind beneath the wings of the Tuskegee Airmen. He taught himself to fly in the 1920s — and became chief flight instructor at the Tuskegee Institute in World War II. 
(Air Force Historical Research Agency)

“He learned to fly through personal determination. That’s what we admired about him. He did a great job of running things.”

Hardy is one of three known surviving Tuskegee Airmen who flew fighter planes in World War II. He’s still a legend today, skydiving in his 90s and taking friends parasailing on the Gulf of Mexico near his home in Sarasota, Florida

“Anderson learned to fly through personal determination. That’s what we admired about him.” — Tuskegee Airman George Hardy

He stands among the many legendary figures to emerge from the famous unit, trained to fly and fight under a system devised and led by self-taught pilot Chief Anderson. 

Hardy flew legendary “Red Tail” P-51 Mustang fighter planes in World War II — the aircraft earning the name from the crimson rudder that denoted the 332nd Fighter Group. Americans know the 332nd and the Red Tails today as the most famous of the Tuskegee Airmen. 

Charles "Chief" Anderson was the first licensed Black commercial pilot in America in 1932. He was later hired to be the lead flight instructor at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in World War II. 

Charles “Chief” Anderson was the first licensed Black commercial pilot in America in 1932. He was later hired to be the lead flight instructor at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in World War II. 
(Air Force Historical Research Agency)

Hardy later piloted giant B-29 bombers during the Korean War and C-119 gunships in Vietnam. 

He retired in 1972 after a 30-year military career.

“I had never even driven an automobile before I got to Tuskegee,” Hardy said.

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His inexperience is a testament to the challenges faced by Anderson. He took hundreds of young men and instilled in them the spirit to fly — at a time when many people thought they couldn’t do so because of the color of their skin. 

“The airplane was invented in 1903, and the military acquired its first airplanes and pilots in 1909, but Black men were not allowed to be pilots in the American military until the 1940s,” writes historian Daniel Haulman in his new book, “Misconceptions About The Tuskegee Airmen,” slated for release on Feb. 15. 

Anderson was not a military man. The nickname “Chief” was an accolade accorded the civilian by his Army students

Some 14,000 Tuskegee Airmen served in World War II, including hundreds of its now-legendary fighter pilots.

Some 14,000 Tuskegee Airmen served in World War II, including hundreds of its now-legendary fighter pilots.
(Tuskegee University Archives)

“Chief Anderson was liked and highly respected by his men,” Tuskegee University archivist Dana Chandler told Fox News Digital. 

“He instilled in them a belief that they could succeed no matter the obstacles.”

Born to fly

Charles Alfred Anderson Sr. was born on Feb. 9, 1907 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to Iverson and Janie Anderson. 

Like many American boys of his era, he was thrilled by the emergence of flight and by the new image of daredevil pilots spiraling through the skies across America in the first decades of the 20th century. 

Denied opportunities to take flying lessons because he was African American, he blazed his own path into the wild blue yonder. 

First lady Eleanor Roosevelt supported the Civilian Pilot Training Program and the War Training Service. She's pictured here in a Piper J-3 Cub trainer with Charles Alfred

First lady Eleanor Roosevelt supported the Civilian Pilot Training Program and the War Training Service. She’s pictured here in a Piper J-3 Cub trainer with Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson, a pioneer Black aviator and instructor at Tuskegee Institute. 
(U.S. Air Force photo)

Anderson saved money — and borrowed more from friends and family — to buy an airplane at age 22. 

He soon traded the use of his plane for lessons from a local pilot named Russell Thaw. He found another ally in his quest to fly — an unlikely ally. 

Ernst Buehl flew airplanes for the German army in World War I before immigrating to the United States in 1920. He took Anderson under his wing, unaware the young man would soon inspire American pilots in the Second World War. 

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Anderson earned a commercial pilot license in 1932. He’s believed to be the first African American commercial pilot in the United States. 

Freed by flight, he was soon soaring across the nation. 

Along with physician and benefactor Dr. Albert Forsythe, Anderson became the first Black pilot to crisscross the United States by air in 1933.

George Hardy flew with the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, the Tuskegee Airmen, in 1945. He later flew bombers in Korea and fixed-wing gunships in Vietnam. Charles Anderson "did a great job of running things," Hardy, who is now 97 years old, told Fox News Digital.

George Hardy flew with the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, the Tuskegee Airmen, in 1945. He later flew bombers in Korea and fixed-wing gunships in Vietnam. Charles Anderson “did a great job of running things,” Hardy, who is now 97 years old, told Fox News Digital.
(Courtesy CAF Rise Above via U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama)

“The Anderson-Forsythe long-distance flights attracted worldwide attention and greatly popularized aviation in the African American community,” the African American Registry reports on its website.

“Much of their navigation on the journey was done by reading a simple roadmap. The daring pair also made a long-distance flight to Canada. They later staged an elaborate Pan American Goodwill Tour of the Caribbean in their plane, ‘The Spirit of Booker T. Washington.’”

The Tuskegee Institute hired Anderson to head its Civilian Pilot Training program in 1940.

Soon the Army was calling on Tuskegee and Anderson to head its training program for Black military pilots. 

“I had the fun of going up in one of the tiny training planes with the head instructor.” — first lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Anderson in March 1941 unexpectedly found one of the most famous people in the world as a passenger. 

“We went out to the aviation field, where a Civil Aeronautics unit for the teaching of colored pilots is in full swing,” first lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote on April 1, 1941, in her nationally syndicated “My Day” column. 

“They have advanced training here, and some of the students went up and did acrobatic flying for us. These boys are good pilots. I had the fun of going up in one of the tiny training planes with the head instructor, and seeing this interesting countryside from the air.”

The brief encounter of flying Mrs. Roosevelt over Alabama made Anderson one of the most famous pilots in America. It also helped forge a national reputation for the Tuskegee Airmen — a reputation that would soon be steeled under fire in the skies over Europe. 

The Red Tails’ ‘box score’

Anderson’s Tuskegee Airmen arrived in Europe in the spring of 1943. The famed 332nd Fighter Group was based in Ramatelli, Italy.  

The Tuskegee Airmen quickly proved that Black pilots were more than fit for combat. 

The U.S. Army Air Corps 332nd Fighter Group, more commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen, flew P-51 Mustang fighter planes with distinct red tails to signify their unit. 

The U.S. Army Air Corps 332nd Fighter Group, more commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen, flew P-51 Mustang fighter planes with distinct red tails to signify their unit. 
(Tuskegee University Archives)

Their main mission was to escort Allied bombers in raids over German targets across Europe — dangerous missions flown in the face of anti-aircraft fire from the ground and attacks from enemy fighter planes in the air.

“The Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 15,000 sorties between May 1943 and June 1945,” reports the National World War II Museum.

“Bomber crews often requested to be escorted by these ‘Red Tails.'” 

“The Red Tails destroyed or damaged 409 German aircraft; 739 locomotives and train cars; 40 barges and boats; even one enemy destroyer.” — U.S. Air Force

Once-classified documents provided to Fox News Digital by the Air Force Historical Research Agency show the “box scores for the Red Tails” — a trail of destruction of Nazi forces left by the Tuskegee Airmen. 

The Red Tails destroyed or damaged 409 German aircraft in the air (136) or on the ground (273); 739 locomotives and other train cars damaged or destroyed; 40 barges and boats; even one enemy warship, a destroyer. 

Tuskegee airmen exiting the parachute room, Ramitelli, Italy, in March 1945. Left to right, Richard S. "Rip" Harder, Brooklyn, New York; unidentified airman; Thurston L. Gaines, Jr., Freeport, New York; Newman C. Golden, Cincinnati, Ohio; Wendell M. Lucas, Fairmont Heights, Maryland. Photo by Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress).

Tuskegee airmen exiting the parachute room, Ramitelli, Italy, in March 1945. Left to right, Richard S. “Rip” Harder, Brooklyn, New York; unidentified airman; Thurston L. Gaines, Jr., Freeport, New York; Newman C. Golden, Cincinnati, Ohio; Wendell M. Lucas, Fairmont Heights, Maryland. Photo by Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress).
(Tuskegee University Archives)

The Tuskegee Airmen faced perhaps their most daunting challenge on March 25, 1945, escorting American bombers all the way from Italy to Berlin. It was a dangerous mission of nearly 1,000 miles each way.

The American air armada was attacked that day by German ME-262 aircraft — the world’s first jet fighters. They were faster and more maneuverable than anything in the Army Air Corps. 

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“We couldn’t keep up with them,” Hardy, the 97-year-old Tuskegee Airman, told Fox News Digital.

Still, his unit of prop planes shot down three German jet fighters that day.

A German Messerschmitt 262A-1 jet-propelled fighter at the Rheinmain Airport, near Frankfurt, Germany, 1945. The Tuskegee Airmen shot down three ME-262s in their raid over Berlin in Mach 1945, despite its superior speed and dexterity. The first jet-propelled plane captured intact, it was flown over Allied lines and surrendered by its pilot who was supposed to be testing it at the time. 

A German Messerschmitt 262A-1 jet-propelled fighter at the Rheinmain Airport, near Frankfurt, Germany, 1945. The Tuskegee Airmen shot down three ME-262s in their raid over Berlin in Mach 1945, despite its superior speed and dexterity. The first jet-propelled plane captured intact, it was flown over Allied lines and surrendered by its pilot who was supposed to be testing it at the time. 
(PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

One of the men on the Berlin mission, Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr., went on to become the first brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force (formed from the Army Air Corps in 1947). 

His father, Benjamin O. Davis Sr., had already broken down barriers as the first brigadier general in the U.S. Army. 

Just 66 Tuskegee Airmen were lost in combat in World War II. 

Despite the carnage inflicted on enemy forces, just 66 Tuskegee Airmen were lost in combat in World War II. 

“They had one of the lowest loss records of any escort fighter group,” says the National World War II Museum. 

Tuskegee’s daring fighter pilots draw all the popular acclaim today, but were only one part of the story. 

A once-classified "box score" shows the deadly effect on German forces inflicted by the Tuskegee Airmen "Red Tails."

A once-classified “box score” shows the deadly effect on German forces inflicted by the Tuskegee Airmen “Red Tails.”
(Air Force Historical Research Agency)

A mere 552 Tuskegee Airmen flew fighter planes in World War II, yet 14,000 served — among them bomber crews, reconnaissance plane pilots, grounds crew and various other support staff, notes Tuskegee Airmen historian Haulman. 

“Americans should remember Chief Anderson as somebody who personally demonstrated the potential of Black pilots and who was also instrumental in training the Tuskegee Airmen to fly,” he said. 

Legacy of American unity

Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson died on April 13, 1996, in Tuskegee. He was 89 years old. He’s buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

“Remaining in Tuskegee after the war, Anderson continued to provide flight instruction at Moton Field, which remains an active airport and is the location of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site,” reports the Encyclopedia of Alabama. 

Tuskegee Airmen instructor Charles Alfred "Chief" Anderson was honored with a stamp by the U.S. Postal Service in 2014.

Tuskegee Airmen instructor Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson was honored with a stamp by the U.S. Postal Service in 2014.
(United States Postal Service)

“In 1967, Anderson co-founded Negro Aviation International, an association for Black pilots.”

He joined the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame in 1991. Moton Field, where hundreds of war pilots learned to fly under his tutelage, is now Tuskegee Moton Field Municipal Airport. 

“This historical landmark is a rich backdrop to a modern, state-of-the-art facility providing top-notch training and education, while serving as an economic engine for the region,” says the City of Tuskegee online.

Tales of the Tuskegee Airmen will be told to future generations. 

Anderson lived long enough to see the story of the men he introduced to flying immortalized in the 1995 movie “The Tuskegee Airmen,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lawrence Fishburne. 

The dramatic silver screen tale brought the exploits of the Red Tail warriors to a new generation of grateful Americans. They’ve since been honored in many other depictions in books and on screen

The United States Postal Service issued a stamp in Anderson’s honor at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama in 2014. 

Tuskegee Airman and retired Lt. Col. George Hardy with children at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota, Florida, in 2013. 

Tuskegee Airman and retired Lt. Col. George Hardy with children at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota, Florida, in 2013. 
(Courtesy CAF Rise Above via U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama)

Tales of the Tuskegee Airmen will be told to future generations. 

Lt. Col. Hardy recently returned from Hollywood, where he was recorded in digital detail for a pending exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

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“We worked together and we depended on each other,” said Hardy. “I listened to my instructors, I learned a lot and did the best I could. I think I was successful. The group was successful.” 

“The U.S. military was fully integrated 1948, just three years after his Tuskegee Airmen flew their final combat mission.”

Anderson’s greatest contribution to the nation was helping prove old stereotypes wrong. 

The U.S. military was fully integrated 1948, just three years after his Tuskegee Airmen flew their final combat mission. 

The military today may provide the most accurate depiction of the American people — more diverse than the halls of Congress, more integrated than the ivory towers of academia. 

Minnesota, South St Paul. Fleming Field Minnesota Wing CAF Air Show, North American P-51C Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail and T-34C Turbo Mentor. 

Minnesota, South St Paul. Fleming Field Minnesota Wing CAF Air Show, North American P-51C Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail and T-34C Turbo Mentor. 
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“What made the Tuskegee Airmen ultimately succeed was the ability to overcome the obstacles they faced with hard work and dedication,” LaVone Kay, spokesperson for Commemorative Air Force Rise Above, told Fox News Digital. 

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Her organization is devoted to providing American children with life lessons through the example of Anderson’s Red Tail fighters of World War II.  

“Life can be unfair,” she added. “But if children believe in themselves, stay focused and work hard, they will overcome obstacles and achieve excellence, just like the Tuskegee Airmen.”

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