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They came from different backgrounds, different hometowns, and different eras. But they all had a similar dream – to fly. And they all had the same obstacle – being black in 20th century America. Despite the prejudice of the day, many made their dreams come true.
From early barnstormers to war heroes to commercial pilots, African Americans have an enduring legacy in the sky, and their stories are as much about persistence and triumph as they are about the exhilaration of flight.
For early aviators, conquering the forces of gravity was a daunting challenge. But black aviators had an additional challenge - conquering the forces of racism. Meet the men and women who took to the skies throughout the 20th century, proving to a segregated nation that skin colour has no relation to aptitude at altitude.
From biplanes to commercial jets, and from barnstormers to war fighters, meet the path-breaking pilots who opened the skies for all -- and contributed in countless ways to the development of aviation.