A few facts about Queen Bess:
__Bessie Coleman (1892 - 1926) was the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license.
__She learned to fly in France at the Ecole d'Aviation des Freres Caudon at Le Crotoy in the Somme.
__In June of 1921, she received her pilot's license from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).
__In 1922, she became the first African American woman to stage a public flight in America.
__She specialized in stunt flying and parachuting; and she earned a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. During her barnstorming days, she was often referred to as Queen Bess and Brave Bessie.
__On April 30, 1926, she was killed in an accident during a rehearsal for an aerial show near Jacksonville, Florida.
__She was honored by her native Atlanta, Texas, when the name of the street leading to the city airport was changed from Airport Drive to Bessie Coleman Drive.
__In 1995, the U.S. Postal Service honored Bessie Coleman with a commemorative stamp.
__In 2000, she was inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.
__In 2002, Bessie Coleman was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in New York.
A brave aviation pioneer, the legacy of Bessie Coleman lives on today.