This entry was posted on May 10, 2012 by jetpilotoverseas. It was filed under 1950's, A-2, F-51 Mustang, Korean War, North American, Tuskegee Airmen, USAF .
Colonel Cox had the distinction of serving in the Air Force during three wars. “Killer,” as he was known, received initial pilot training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in 1943. He served in the European theatre during World War II with the famed 99th Pursuit Squadron and flew over 100 missions upon his return to combat during the Korean Conflict.
He heeded the lure of combat once again when he volunteered for duty in Vietnam. He was one of two Black fighter pilots in the world who flew combat and was decorated for bravery in all three years. Upon his retirement from military life, he joined James O. Plinton as an executive at Eastern Airlines in the position of corporate director of affirmative action and urban affairs. He died in 1988. Hannibal Cox is one of the only two Black aviators to have served in three major wars. (1916-1988)
May 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm
My dad was my best friend and hero, there is so much history to do told about the men that he served with. I miss my dad and his wisdom. I wish my grand children had met him. My son and I make sure they know about him. I love you Dad mmmichael
November 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm
Micheal, Your dad was one of my dads, Dr. James O. Plinton, Jr.’s best friends.
I feel so very blessed to have known and loved him!
Miss them both so very much! ❤
Warmest regards to you and yours on this eve of Veterans Day.
Kate Plinton Roman
November 10, 2015 at 5:04 pm
Thank you for that. I spent a stormy night on your Dad’s beautiful boat with he and my Dad. They had me standing outside in the front guiding your Dad through the canal. They were great men. We had a lot of fun. I wish I had the time to be with them to listen to all the stories.
December 10, 2015 at 11:45 pm
Kate, Your Dad was my Mom’s favorite cousin during their childhood in Westfield.in childhood . She has stories to tell of their youth. Mom is 99 years old and well, God bless her! My Dad, a Westfielder, was also with the famed 99th Pursuit Squadron in North Africa, WWII. Just wanted to say hi, it is indeed a small world.
January 9, 2018 at 2:04 am
I worked for Hannibal at Eastern Airlines as his manger of EEO and Affirmative Action Programs and was a fraternity brother and friend of Jim. Both men were gentlemen and scholars. As humanitarians, they were mentors to many of us . Many of us attended their funerals at First Baptist Church and the Church of the Incarnation. Gone but never forgotten for their contributions.
April 1, 2016 at 4:20 pm
I can say with great honor and admiration that I knew Hannibal Cox AND Jim Plinton! Both of these gentlemen were friends and mentors during my years with Eastern Airlines, and both had an incredibly positive impact on my life–then and to this day! If you looked up the word “integrity” in the dictionary, I’m sure you’d see their pictures there!
Thanks for publishing this great story!
April 1, 2016 at 6:14 pm
Thank you for the very kind words of two great men.
Sent from my Chili’s iPad
July 17, 2016 at 6:39 am
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