Tuesday, January 19, 2016
BESSIE COLEMAN - AN AMERICAN HERO
This YouTube Video is one that I really wanted to share with all you aviation buffs and flightsim addicts. Bessie Coleman was the first African American (and Native American) to earn an international pilot's license. She went on to become a great stunt pilot until her tragic death on April 30th 1926.
You'd think that her name would rank right up there with the likes of Amelia Earhart, Jackie Cochran, and Florence "Pancho" Barnes. But, alas, Bessie Coleman is the great daredevil pilot that few have ever heard of.
I invite you to watch the video, and if you're so inclined, grab a copy of Doris L. Rich's biography on this courageous aviatrix who was way ahead of her time. And no, this is not my video and no, I am NOT an affiliate of Amazon (where you can purchase the book).
It just seems a shame that Bessie Coleman should fade from the annuals of aviation history, even as we sing the praises of her contemporaries.