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All-Black, all-female American Airlines crew flies from Dallas to honor Bessie Coleman

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All-Black, all-female American Airlines crew flies from Dallas to honor Bessie Coleman


By JONATHAN FRANKLIN via https://www.npr.org/

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to earn a pilot’s license, American Airlines operated a flight out of Dallas with an all-Black, all-female crew.

From the pilots and flight attendants to cargo team members and aviation maintenance technicians, the women operated and took charge of every aspect of the flight from Dallas to Phoenix. The airline hosted the Bessie Coleman Aviation All-Stars tour last week to celebrate the anniversary of Coleman earning her pilot’s license in 1921.

“She bravely broke down barriers within the world of aviation and paved the path for many to follow,” the airline said in a news release.

To honor Coleman’s legacy, her great-niece, Gigi Coleman, was hosted by American…

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