Barrier-breakers, obstacle-overcomers, and drawback-defeaters: just a few ways to describe these African-American aviatrixes that never let the challenges they faced keep them from pursuing their dreams. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of pilots of color to serve in the U.S. Army Corps. And as such, they have often been considered the emblem of how black aviators crossed countless boundaries and achieved many feats in aviation. But, before the Tuskegee Airmen, there was Janet, Willa, and Bessie — the three women that paved the way for them to make history.
In honor of Black History Month, join us in celebrating these trailblazing aviatrixes that soared through setbacks to reach their sky-high dreams.