The Washington Times - August 3, 2011, 11:42PM

From left, original members of the Tuskegee Airmen George W. Porter, from Sacramento, Calif., and Harry Quinton, from Williamsburg, Va., share a laugh as they look through a commemorative journal of Tuskegee Airman history, on the first day of the 40th Annual Tuskegee Airmen National Convention, at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, in National Harbor, Md., on Wednesday. Both Mr. Porter and Mr. Quinton served as mechanics and flight engineers in the Tuskegee Airmen. “It’s wonderful to come back and see everyone,” Mr. Porter said. “We didn’t even realize we were stationed at the same base together until we met here.” The two were both stationed at Godman Field near Fort Knox in Louisville, Ky. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)


Dr. Donald Jackson, a bomber pilot and original Tuskegee Airman, prepares to sign a commemorative Tuskegee Airmen poster. At left is convention volunteer Linze Greene, from Dallas. Her father and great uncle were both original Tuskegee Airmen. “You see these other guys here and it just does something wonderful for your human  psyche,” said Dr. Jackson, who is making his sixth trip to the convention this year. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Dr. Jackson signs a commemorative Tuskegee Airmen poster. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Dr. Jackson signs a model of a Piper J-3 Cub Plane, often used for training and a popular light aircraft of its time. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)