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February AE - African American History month

posted Feb 7, 2018, 9:26 AM by Jason Engelhardt
   Since February is African American history month we are going to explore these pioneers that not only persevered the challenges of aviation in it's infancy but did during a time of severe segregation, animosity, and violence.
     You can not study African American history in aviation without hearing about the Tuskegee Airmen.  This all negro squadron during WWII was one of the best bomber escort squadrons in the war.  Tuskegee, Alabama was the sight of a negro flight school started by President Roosevelt (with pressure from Mrs. Roosevelt) and part of the Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) program started to train pilots for wartime.  
     There were a few lesser know pioneers before them.  Bessie Coleman for example was not only the first black to hold an airman certificate in the United States, she was also a woman in 1921.  Bessie received her training in France, because no American flight school would admit her.  Please take time this month to research these and many more great men and women from our past.