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PIT Airport Welcomes Former Tuskegee Airman

In 2013, Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) installed an exhibit on Concourse A to tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American U. S. military aviation unit.

While honoring all the Tuskegee Airmen who served in World War II, the exhibit has a special meaning for Western Pennsylvania. Because it turns out more Tuskegee airmen hail from that part of the US than from any other region.

This week, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, retired Lt. Col. James Harvey, had a chance to visit the PIT exhibit.

99-year-old Harvey is a former fighter pilot and the U.S. military’s first Black fighter pilot to fly missions over Korean airspace. He was traveling through the airport with his family and other military dignitaries on his way home after serving as grand marshal of Pittsburgh’s Juneteenth parade.

(Photos courtesy PIT Airport)

Alaska Airlines Offers a Deal on CLEAR

If you’ve been thinking of joining the CLEAR program to expedite your trip through airport security, Alaska Airlines and CLEAR are offering discount pricing and bonus miles on CLEAR Plus membership for Mileage Plan members.

All Mileage Plan members can enroll in CLEAR Plus for $179 a year (a $10 discount).

Elite Mileage Plan members – MVP, MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75K, and MVP Gold 100K – who enroll in a new CLEAR Plus membership will receive 1,500 miles.

Elite Mileage Plan members who renew their CLEAR Plus membership will receive 1,250 miles every year upon renewal. And through July 16, 2023, all Mileage Plan members who enroll in CLEAR Plus for the first time will receive an additional 1,000 Mileage Plan miles. 

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