John Robinson, the Brown Condor

Location: Gulfport Airport 14035 Airport Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503

A bust of the American-born Ethiopian air force Col. John Robinson overlooks the Addis Ababa War Cemetery in Ethiopia…  Robinson, considered a national hero of Ethiopia, pioneered flight schools in the U.S. and Ethiopia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Brice) Jan. 11, 2020.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons American Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Location: Ambo Road, Addis Ababa
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Brice


“Colonel John Charles Robinson, a black American volunteered to help Ethiopia against fascist Italy’s invasion in 1935. When news reached Emperor Haile Selassie about Colonel Robinson’s desire to come to Ethiopia to fight the Italians, the Emperor officially invited him to Ethiopia.  Robinson contributed by directly taking part in missions against the fascist forces, in training Ethiopian air force pilots, reconnaissance mission, and by transporting soldiers and supplies to the war front. Later Robinson was called the Father of the Tuskegee Airmen ”


Simmons, Thomas. The Man called Brown Condor, the Forgotten History of an African America Fighter Pilot. Skyhorse. 2013.