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Cornelius Coffey _ First African American Aviator



Picture is the courtesy of 10 Black Pioneers in Aviation Who Broke Barriers

Cornelius Coffey (1902-1994) was a triple threat in his day: He was not only distinguished as the first African American aviator who had both a pilot and mechanic's license, but he also was the first to have founded a non-university affiliated flight school.

With his wife and fellow aviator Willa Brown, Coffey established the Coffey School of Aeronautics in Illinois, where they trained many Black pilots, including a significant number of Tuskegee Airmen. The school would later be moved to Harlem, New York.” #Aviator #BlackHistory #TuskegeeAirmen

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