cindy asked in Education & ReferenceTrivia · 6 years ago

Interesting facts about Bessie Coleman?

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  • 6 years ago
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    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.

  • 3 years ago

    Bessie Coleman Facts

  • 6 years ago

    She usually lied about her age, like onher pilots license, she listed her age 4 years younger then she was! But she did die at age 34. She had 12 brothers and sisters, but they lived in a ONE-room cabin!

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