The Bessie Coleman Flying the Blues Blog takes a look at the life of pioneering aviatrix Bessie Coleman. She was admired for her death defying skills as an airshow barnstormer. Because of her race, Bessie had to go to France to receive flight training where she earn an international pilots license. Coleman died in 1926 in a plane crash in Jacksonville, FL on April 30th. Coleman's dream of opening a school inspired her followers to form the schools that trained the Tuskegee Airmen.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Bessie Coleman John Betsch the Beach Lady and Johnetta B Cole
The man in this pic is John Betsch. He was a young Howard Univ. grad and Bessie Coleman's contact in Jacksonville for the coming Welfare League air show she was to headline. He saw her fall from the plane to her death in 1926. He is the father of former Spelman president Johnetta B. Cole (top right) and the famed Beach Lady (top left)...
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