Ashby, Robert (Bob)

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Ashby, Robert (Bob)




Born in Yemasse, South Carolina in 1925. Entered the U.S. Air Corps in 1944. Graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1945 as one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Service includes a combat tour in Korea. Retired in 1965 with rank of Lt. Colonel. Began civilian career as a Flight Operation Instructor with United Airlines. In 1972, joined Frontier Airlines as the first black pilot to fly for a commercial airline. Retired as Captain in 1986. Has traveled the world including Iraq, to inspire military and youth, and encourage youth to pursue aviation-related careers and academic achievement. Volunteer for the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association and has helped raise over $2.1 million in scholarship funds. Was recognized with the United States Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.