Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
This program celebrates the unsung African-American pioneers of aviation. It includes the stories of Bessie Coleman, Hubert Julian, and James Herman Banning. Coleman was a Texas woman who trained in France in 1921. She became the first African-American to receive a pilot's license, and enjoyed a career as a stunt pilot. Banning was the first black male to receive a pilot's license. Partnering with another black aviator, Thomas C. Allen, Banning flew from Los Angeles to Long Island, NY, in 1932. They were the first black pilots to fly coast to coast.
aviation, Black [race]