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Elizabeth Coleman, known also as ‘Bessie’, was the world’s first black female pilot. Born in 1892, Coleman rose to fame in national airshows in Europe and America.

After a tragic series of mechanical errors, she crashed her plane while performing in Jacksonville, dying immediately a the age of 34. Her legacy has continued however – she appeared in 1995 on US postal stamps and has received a series of honors across the country for her pioneering work, energy and passion for aviation.

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