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Who were America’s early black pilots?

Among the early black pilots in America were Eugene J. Bullard, who in 1917 flew for the French. In the late 1920s, A. David Porter and James Herman Banning obtained their licenses and became pilots as well. Banning and Thomas C. Allen made the first transcontinental flight by blacks, in 1932, when they flew from Los Angeles to New York. In 1933 C. Alfred Anderson and Albert E. Forsythe made a round-trip cross-country flight from New Jersey to Los Angeles.

American pilot Eugene J. Bullard flew for the French during World War I.


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