Bessie Coleman Biography

Photo: National Air and Space Museum (Great Images in NASA Description) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Who Was Bessie Coleman? Bessie Coleman was an American aviator and the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from France’s well-known Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation in just seven months. Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, earning a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. She remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation. Early Life, Family and Education Bessie was born on January 26, 1892, in Atlanta, Texas. She’s one of 13 children to Susan and George Coleman, who both worked as sharecroppers. Her father, who was of Native American and African American descent, left the family in search of better opportunities in Oklahoma when Bessie was […]

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