Jesse L. Brown was the US Navy’s first African-American Naval Aviator. With his squadron mates, onboard the USS Leyte in VF-32, Jesse and his wingman Thomas Hudner Jr. struck up a remarkable friendship that would lead to the tragic, heroic events of the 4th December 1950. Tom Hudner’s actions would earn him the Medal of Honor, and Adam Makos would write their story in his book Devotion, soon to be released as a major motion picture starring Johnathan Majors and Glen Powell.
But at the EAA in Oshkosh, they found that their F4U-4 Corsair had a direct link to Tom Hudner. Joining me today is the museum programs coordinator at EAA, who was part of the team that researched the history of that Corsair that would lead to an incredible unveiling with the Brown and Hudner families.
Learn more about the Experimental Aircraft Association at: https://www.eaa.org/
Watch the trailer for Devotion here: https://youtu.be/NCDEGP6VjYY
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