Feb 9 – Bessie Coleman

February 9, 2021

Bessie Coleman | Civil Aviator | 1892-1926
Coleman was the first black woman to fly an airplane. When American flying schools denied her entrance due to her race, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from Caudron Brother’s School in just seven months. She specialized in stunt flying and performing aerial tricks. Reading stories of World War I pilots sparked her interest in aviation.