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From Stars and Stripes:

Calvin Jack Spann flew 26 combat missions as a Tuskegee Airman, including a marathon sortie from Italy to Berlin in 1945. After a civilian career in his native New Jersey, the groundbreaking black pilot moved to North Texas, where he often spoke to inspire younger generations.

Spann, 90, died Sunday of natural causes at his McKinney home.

Services for Spann in North Texas will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Covenant Church, 2660 E. Trinity Mills Road in Carrollton. A viewing will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. at the church. Military honors will include a funeral volley and a flyover.

On Monday, Spann will have hometown services at 7 p.m. at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Rutherford, N.J.

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