Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman to become a pilot. After flying schools in the US denied her admission, she taught herself French and traveling to France in 1920 to study at a French flight school. She earned her international pilot license and, after returning to the US, specialized in stunt flying. Though Coleman was tragically killed in a plane crash at the age of 33, her legacy lived on as, following her death in 1926, Bessie Coleman Aero Clubs for African-American aviators appeared across the US. For more stories of girls and women overcoming discrimination to achieve their dreams, visit our Prejudice / Discrimination section within Social Issues. For more stories about notable female pilots, visit our Planes section within Transportation.

 
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Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
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Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
Fly High! The Story Of Bessie Coleman
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Fly High! The Story Of Bessie Coleman
Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of "Brave Bessie" Coleman
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Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of "Brave Bessie" Coleman
Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys
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Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys
Bessie Coleman: Daring Stunt Pilot
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Bessie Coleman: Daring Stunt Pilot
Famous African American Women Coloring Book
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Famous African American Women Coloring Book
Rebel in a Dress: Adventurers
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Rebel in a Dress: Adventurers
   

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