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ABC's Robin Roberts will be at Tuskegee
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'Good Morning America,' Roberts coming to Tuskegee
By GUY RHODES
"Good Morning America" is coming to Tuskegee Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 17-18) for the program's news anchor Robin Roberts, to fulfill her fantasy of flying the same type plane in which the Tuskegee Airmen trained.
Anchors for the popular program are taking part in their "fantasies" as part of the "sweeps" period programming to boast ratings.
Roberts, who became ABC's "Good Morning America" news anchor in 2002, chose Tuskegee and flying where the Tuskegee Airmen trained for good reasons. She was born in Tuskegee and her father, Lawrence Roberts, was a Tuskegee Airman. Roberts, a retired Air Force colonel, will be in Tuskegee while his daughter is participating in the program.
According to Col. (Ret) Roosevelt Lewis, Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at Moton Field, Roberts and members of the "Good Morning America" crew will be in Tuskegee Monday. She'll go through some training that day in preparation for a flight Tuesday.
"On Tuesday morning when "Good Morning America" comes on the air, she will be in the opening of the show going down the runway and taking off," Col. Lewis explained.
Roberts doesn't have a pilot's license, so she will be in a twin-seater T-6 Texan, the original training plane for the Tuskegee Airmen. The plane is owned by Steve Cowell of Denver, Colorado and is believed to be the only original T-6 aircraft used to train the Tuskegee Airmen still flying.
Cowell will be in the plane with Roberts and will fly the T-6 to Tuskegee from Denver this week.
Col. Lewis said the public is urged to be on the scene to be a part of the "Good Morning America" program Tuesday morning. The program is televised locally on Channel 9 and on Channel 10 for cable subscribers from 7-9 a.m. Col. Lewis asked that those who wish to watch the proceedings in person be in place no later than 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. The FBO also said that the public is welcome to watch Monday's preparations for Tuesday's live show.
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