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Bessie Coleman

     

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman, the first African American licensed pilot shown here on the wheel of a Curtiss JN-4 "Jennie" in her custom designed flying suit (circa 1924).

Image Number: WEB11673-2010
Credit: Smithsonian Institution
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