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Bessie Coleman Drive at O’Hare International Airport is named for the first Black woman pilot in America.

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Bessie Coleman came back from France 100 years ago as the first African American woman airplane pilot (www.chicagotribune.com) More...

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PaulRP
There has been a Bessie Coleman Blvd at Tampa (TPA) for years. It's right alongside the large US Postal Service sorting facility.
iknarf
iknarf 7
Amazing what dream and will can achieve!
BruceSchimmel
It's a pretty fascinating story, if I'm reading the Chicago Trib story correctly: that she had to go to France to learn to fly! And her (putative) line, “In the air there is no prejudice." Wow. Powerful now, amazing then

I've been flying for 25 years, and I'm delighted to hear the growing variety of voices on the radio.

Flying is a beautiful privilege, and making it more universally available only strengthens everyone's access to the skies.
srobak
srobak 2
There's always been a variety.... you just haven't been listening.
BruceSchimmel
srobek, perhaps i didn t listen as carefully as I should. So, yes, I d agree there are likely many unheard stories of unacknowledged pioneers. history isn t fixed, i m glad to say.
srobak
srobak 0
ok... let me expand. If you have had your radios turned on while in the air at all for the past 25 years - you have been able to hear quite the variety.
BruceSchimmel
Bruce Schimmel 1
Let me expand by directing those interested to a factual and vetted article in wikipedia on women in aviation. The percentage has remained constantly low for decades : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_aviation
srobak
srobak 1
ok - using the most dynamic reference point in the world does not lend any credibility to your point. The fact however - is this... there are more female pilots now - both in quantity and percentage than at any other point in history. Being a pilot is a choice - not an equity requirement. There's also a lot more to variety than just male and female.
srobak
srobak 2
This is not news. It's been named this for this reason for decades.
silvanocerboneschi
welcomed stop of racism skin colour,
BonnieClouse
This whole story and the thread of comments is pure DRIVEL. Aka crap.
BonnieClouse
Mr Schimmel loves Brandon
BruceSchimmel
Thank you for your response. But, sorry, Bonnie, I do not love Brandon. I love humans who challenge the status quo. This woman had guts. I llke that. all the best, Bruce
BonnieClouse
Bonnie Clouse -5
Good to know you do not love Brandon
Who cares really who gives a hoot about this individual. No more on old Bess
BruceSchimmel
i think a lot of prople care, give a hoot, about courageous people.
srobak
srobak 0
unless they were white colonists.
BonnieClouse
Bonnie Clouse -3
Quota anyone ?
avionik99
avionik99 -8
A very fitting place for this, seems 99% of airport workers at O'Hare are black.
srobak
srobak 0
that's an incredibly racist thing to say
avionik99
avionik99 0
It’s the truth and truth is not racist unless some racist person like yourself tries to make it racist.
srobak
srobak -2
you make no damn sense. go get your sheet.

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