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Elizabeth Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)

Elizabeth Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)



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Elizabeth Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)

Elizabeth Bessie Coleman, 1892-1926, the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license. Date: 1926

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1892 Bessie Coleman Descent Hold License Pilot 1926 Elizabeth


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This photograph captures the determination and groundbreaking spirit of Elizabeth Bessie Coleman, the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license. Born on January 24, 1892, in Atlanta, Texas, Coleman defied societal norms and racial barriers to pursue her dreams of flying. After being denied flight training in the United States due to her race and gender, Coleman moved to France in 1920 to learn how to fly. She studied at the Caudron Brothers School of Aviation in Le Crotoy and earned her pilot's license in just seven months. Upon her return to the United States, Coleman became an aviation pioneer, performing daring stunts and barnstorming across the country. In this image, Coleman is seen confidently seated in the cockpit of an aeroplane, her goggles perched on her head and a determined look in her eyes. The international date of 1926 inscribed on the photograph serves as a reminder of the significant milestones Coleman achieved during her brief but impactful career. Her legacy as a trailblazer in aviation continues to inspire generations of pilots and advocates for equality and inclusion in the industry.

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