Tuskegee Airman George Hickman, 88, Dies In Seattle

Source: Jeff Black / NBC News

George Hickman, a Tuskegee airman decorated as among the first black pilots to fly for the U.S. military during World War II, died over the weekend.

His wife, Doris, confirmed to the Associated Press that he died on Sunday morning in Seattle. He was 88.

Hickman had a long association with the sports community in Seattle, working as an usher at University of Washington sporting events as well as NFL football games with the Seattle Seahawks.

“Things will be a little different right before we go out on the court not being able to shake the hand of George Hickman,” UW men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar tweeted. “He was one of the most inspirational men that I have ever met.”

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