Lieutenant Colonel John I. Mulzac joined the United States military in 1942, at the age of 19. He trained with the Tuskegee Airmen, in Tuskegee, Alabama - the first US Army programme for African-American pilots at a time when the United States south was still legally segregated. The Tuskegee Airmen went on to gain acclaim not only as an historic first for African Americans, but also as a group of remarkably skilled pilots during the Second World War.
Even as the Tuskegee Airmen were breaking colour barriers in the sky, segregation persisted on the ground. Lt. Col. Mulzac describes the discrimination he encountered both during the war and afterwards when he failed to get a job as a commercial pilot.