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Stephanie Johnson, Dawn Cook form Delta’s first all-black, all-women cockpit

  • Here’s some #BlackGirlMagic as Black History Month ends and Women’s History Month begins.
  • Delta pilots first officer Dawn Cook and captain Stephanie Johnson made history in late February. They were the two members of the first all-black, all women cockpit on a mainline Delta flight.
  • According to the Root, Cook and Johnson were flying the Airbus 320 from Detroit to Las Vegas on Feb. 26. Johnson also made history in the past by becoming Delta’s first female African-American captain.
  • Johnson said in her feature interview with Delta Airlines’ blog that she gained her interest in flying with the help and motivation from her high school physics teacher. Read more (3/6/17 10:54 AM)

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Bessie Coleman by John de la Vega 

Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926)  was the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from France’s well-known Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation in just seven months. Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, earning a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. She remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation.