Women Pilots

You know Amelia Earhart, but did you know she was just one of a daring group of women aviators who defied both expectations and gravity in the 1920s? They called themselves the Ninety-Nines, and they’re still flying today as an organization dedicated to the advancement of women pilots. Listen to a podcast episode about this trailblazing flight club from Smithsonian Sidedoor. In 1921, Bessie Coleman was the first African American, male for female, to become a licensed pilot. Coleman’s flying career inspired many young African Americans to enter the field of aviation.