Bessie Coleman, Daredevil Aviatrix

In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. U.S. flying schools had refused to teach her, so she learned French and, with sponsorship from the The Chicago Defender, earned her license from France’s Caudron Brothers School of Aviation. Ms. Coleman toured American as a stunt pilot, appearing in air shows as Queen Bess and Brave Bessie.

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