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A“Wish of a Lifetime” was delivered during a special visit honoring one of the last remaining Tuskegee Airmen of WWII at the Commemorative Air Force, Southern California Wing Air Museum based at Camarillo Airport, Saturday Sept. 6, 2014.
For several years, 93 year old Lt. Col. Marion “Rodge” Rodgers, USAF (Ret.) has talked about wanting to climb back into a P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft just like he flew during World War II on 69 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe. The “Wish of a Lifetime” Foundation in Denver, Co.in conjunction with Brookdale Senior Living Inc. contacted the CAF So Cal Wing to see if the air museum’s flyable restored P-51 Mustang, “Man of War,” would be available for this wish. It was, so travel arrangements were made to bring “Rodge” to our Wing.
We are proud and honored to have been able to grant “Rogie’s” Wish of a Lifetime. Perhaps he will be the last Tuskegee Airman to take one last ride in a P-51.