Robert Friend was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen who later directed the United States Air Force’s Project Blue Book which investigated UFOs. Friend flew 142 combat missions during World War II as a member of the first group of African-American fighter pilots. Later, he became an operations officer for both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. From 1958 until 1963, he directed Project Blue Book, the USAF initiative that investigated UFO sightings. After retiring, Friend would go to schools and community centers to talk about his time with the Tuskegee Airmen..