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Tuesday, 5 February 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : BLACK PILOTS WITH MAJOR WORLD AIR LINES :
While African American were making strides in Military and General Aviation, the area of commercial aviation remained a mostly closed society. Blacks were unknown in commercial aviation during the post war years. It wasn't until the advent of the Civil Rights Movements in the 1960's that some of the barriers came down. The first African American to pilot a commercial aircraft was August Harvey Martin who was born in Los Angeles California in 1919. He was to train as a Bomber Pilot in The U.S. Air Force during the war but did not serve as the war ended before he could be posted over seas. He joined Seaboard World Airlines as the first Black Captain of a U.S. Scheduled air carrier, and spent thirteen years with this Air Lines.