Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman

Determined

Inspiration to Early Pilots. Client since 2002.

Born January 26, 1892, Bessie Coleman was an American aviator and the first woman of both African American and Native American descent to possess a pilot license. Saving up money to travel to France to become a pilot, she earned her international license in 1921 and later became a show pilot in the United States. Sadly, her career ended abruptly in 1926 when she perished in a plane crash. She was 34 years old.

If I can create the minimum of my plans and desires, there shall be no regrets.

1st woman of African-American descent, and the 1st of Native-American descent, to hold a pilot’s license

 

10th of 13 children in her family

 

2 months spent in France completing an advanced course in aviation

 

12 years old when she was accepted into the Missionary Baptist Church School on scholarship

 

Learned to fly in a Nieuport 82 biplane