Bessie Coleman

This day of Women’s History Month, we recognize Elizabeth ‘Bessie’Coleman, who was the world’s first African-American female pilot.

Born in 1892, Coleman rose to fame in national airshows in Europe and America.

After a tragic series of mechanical errors, she crashed her plane while performing in Jacksonville, dying immediately at the age of 34.

Her legacy has continued, however.

In 1995 she appeared on US postal stamps and has received a series of posthumous honors for her pioneering work, energy and passion for aviation.

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