Bessie Coleman

1892 - 1926

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Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an early American civil aviator. She was the first African-American woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license. She earned her license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale on June 15, 1921, and was the first Black person to earn an international pilot's license.Born to a family of sharecroppers in Texas, Coleman worked in the cotton fields at a young age while also studying in a small segregated school. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bessie Coleman has received more than 2,924,147 page views. Her biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Bessie Coleman is the 27th most popular pilot (up from 34th in 2019), the 3,453rd most popular biography from United States (up from 4,796th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Pilot.

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Among pilots, Bessie Coleman ranks 27 out of 48Before her are Claire Lee Chennault, Amet-khan Sultan, Vladimir Ilyushin, Carl Gustaf von Rosen, Charles Nungesser, and Igor Volk. After her are Amy Johnson, Leyla Mammadbeyova, Helmut Wick, Pyotr Nesterov, Maguba Syrtlanova, and Olga Sanfirova.

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Among people born in 1892, Bessie Coleman ranks 135Before her are Yi Kwang-su, Charles Nungesser, Robert Watson-Watt, Sayed Darwish, Alberto Bayo, and Joseph Szigeti. After her are Maximilian Fretter-Pico, Peljidiin Genden, Victor de Sabata, Eugen Meindl, Stepan Petrichenko, and Stanisław Maczek. Among people deceased in 1926, Bessie Coleman ranks 56Before her are Albert Robida, Katō Takaaki, Ivana Kobilca, Carlos Schwabe, Victor Babeș, and Enrico Toselli. After her are Léon Charles Thévenin, Bertha Wegmann, Luther Burbank, Krste Misirkov, Hans von Koessler, and Charles Angrand.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bessie Coleman ranks 3,453 out of 18,182Before her are Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878), Ross Perot (1930), Heather Graham (1970), Zeppo Marx (1901), Jim Kelly (1946), and Mark Lanegan (1964). After her are John C. McGinley (1959), Randy Couture (1963), Ignacio Zaragoza (1829), David Doyle (1929), Maceo Parker (1943), and John Cheever (1912).

Among PILOTS In United States

Among pilots born in United States, Bessie Coleman ranks 8Before her are Amelia Earhart (1897), Francis Gary Powers (1929), Chesley Sullenberger (1951), Chuck Yeager (1923), Joseph Kittinger (1928), and Claire Lee Chennault (1890). After her are Jacqueline Cochran (1906), Wally Funk (1939), Jerrie Cobb (1931), and Cornelia Fort (1919).