George Hickman was an original member of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military fighter pilots and ground crew during WWII. The former Cadet Captain from St. Louis was the grandson of slaves. He was banned from flying after talking back to a white superior officer who mistreated a fellow black cadet; Hickman took it personally. Once his tour was completed with the Tuskegee Airmen in 1945, George Hickman worked for Boeing in Seattle, Washington for nearly 30 years as a B-52 engineering training instructor and executive in the aerospace division.
Hickman entered into the Army in 1943 and graduated from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1944.