By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Nationwide Correspondent
American Airways celebrated the a centesimal anniversary of the primary Black lady to earn a pilot’s license – Bessie Coleman achieved that feat in 1922.
With an all-Black feminine crew, the airways hosted the Bessie Coleman Aviation All-Stars tour, recognizing how Coleman bravely broke down limitations throughout the world of aviation and paved the trail for a lot of to observe.
To assist honor Coleman’s legacy, American Airways hosted Gigi Coleman, Bessie’s great-niece, on a flight from Dallas-Fort Value to Phoenix.
An all-Black feminine crew – from the pilots and flight attendants to the cargo crew members and the aviation upkeep technician – took the reins for the special day.
“American is being intentional in its efforts to diversify the flight deck,” airline officers wrote in a information launch.
“Black ladies have been notably underrepresented within the aviation business, particularly as pilots, representing lower than 1% within the business airline business.”
By means of the American Airways Cadet Academy, the airline mentioned it’s dedicated to increasing consciousness of and growing accessibility to the pilot profession inside various communities.
Coleman earned a pilot’s license in 1921 and carried out the primary public flight by a Black lady in 1922.
She traveled to France to acquire her license when the U.S. refused her.
Coleman then carried out air reveals in and round Chicago, in response to federal information.
Captain Beth Powell and First Officer Charlene Shortte led the American Airways flight to watch the centennial of Coleman’s history-making journey.