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Bessie Coleman, first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license, honored by All-Black, female airline crew
BY KRIS VAN CLEAVE via https://www.cbsnews.com/
An American Airlines flight recently made history when, for the first time in the carrier’s 96-year existence, everyone involved from the ramp to the gate to the cockpit and cabin were all Black women.
The recent flight from Phoenix to Dallas celebrated the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license.
Coleman had to learn to fly in France because it wasn’t an option in the U.S. She then became a renowned stunt pilot before losing her life in a plane crash in 1926.
“My great-aunt received her license two years before Amelia Earhart,” she said. “She wasn’t in the…