Who Is Bessie Coleman?


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Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license. She got her license in France because American flight schools refused her entry. In 1922, she earned the license at the Caudron Brother's School of Aviation in seven months.

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She became famous for her stunt flying and aerial tricks. She made the first public flight by an African-American woman in 1922. Her dream of wanting to become a pilot started in 1915 when she listened to and read stories of World War I pilots. She died during a rehearsal for a flight show at the age of 34 in 1926.

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