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Charles W. Dryden
September 16, 1920(1920-09-16) – June 24, 2008 (aged 87)[1]
Nickname "A-TRAIN"
Place of birth New York City, New York
Place of death Atlanta, Georgia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame inductee

Ret. Lt. Col. Charles W. Dryden (September 16, 1920 – June 24, 2008) was one of the Tuskegee Airmen. Dryden earned his wings in 1942, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He is the author of his biography, A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman.[2].


Dryden was born in New York City in 1920 and graduated from its Stuyvesant High School. He earned degrees in political science from Hofstra University on Long Island and public law from Columbia University in New York City. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Hoftstra in 1996. In between, he taught air science at Howard University in Washington, D.C..[3]

See also


  1. ^ Rector, Gene (2008-06-24). "Famed Tuskegee Airman dies in Atlanta". Macon Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  2. ^ Dryden, Charles W. (August 2002). A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman. University of Alabama Press. pp. 420. ISBN 978-0817312664. 
  3. ^ "Red Tail Project - America's Flying Tribute to the Tuskeegee Airmen". Commemorative Air Force. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 


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