Bessie Coleman (1893-1926)
Bessie Coleman was nicknamed “Brave Bessie.” Since Coleman was an African American female she had to travel to France to earn her pilot’s license because no American flight instructor would teach her. Coleman became the world’s first female black pilot on June 15, 1921 when she earned her license. Coleman lectured on aviation and flew in exhibitions to raise money to open her own air school. Tragically Coleman died in a plane crash on April 30, 1926 and the school was never opened.
Open to the public:
Monday through Saturday
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tour our 25,000 sq ft hangar with aircraft on display inside and outside. Experience our collection through static displays, docent guided tours, self guided mobile tours and flight simulators. Take home a momento from our Gift Shop to remember your visit and grab a bite to eat at the Wings Cafe. ‹more›