Monday, January 20, 2014

Early Black Flyers of Western Pennsylvania: 1906-1945

Just your daily reading for MLK Day and the upcoming Black History Month.  From the archives of the Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine: Early Black Flyers of Western Pennsylvania: 1906-1945.

The best part is the story of the unheralded Charles Wesley Peters who grew up in Pittsburgh and who is reported to have been the first black to pilot a heavier-than-air craft in 1911. He is also said to be the first African American to actually build an airplane... his skills practiced by making man-carrying gliders he tested himself flying off of Herron Hill..... in 1906!


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