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Bessie Coleman
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    (January 26, 1892-April 30, 1926)
    Moved to Chicago
    First black woman to pilot an airplane
    Died during a tragically failed parachuting stunt
    Namesake of Bessie Coleman Drive in Chicago's O'Hare Airport
    Commemorated on a postage stamp (1995)
    Her nicknames were 'Brave Bessie' and 'Queen Bess.'
    Her stunts were often dangerous, including near ground dips.
    She was one of thirteen siblings (definitely annoying for the parents!).
    She gave manicures to men at Chicago White Sox baseball games.
    She went to France to learn how to pilot a plane.
    She went to Germany to receive advanced flight training at a place called the Fokker Corporation.
    She walked off the set of a film she agreed to appear in.
    She bought an aircraft for $400.
    Her aircraft stalled in mid-air and dropped 300 feet into the ground, hospitalizing her for 3 months.
    Her father, who was a Native American, abandoned the family to avoid racial discrimination in Texas (1900).
    She finished the eighth grade with the highest grades in her class.
    With the odds against black women in early 20th century America, her only dream was to 'amount to something.'
    She made money doing laundry and manicures before becoming a stunt pilot.
    She was the first black person to obtain an international pilot's license.
    She proved that black Americans could tear down racial barriers and live their dreams.
    She wanted to open a school for young blacks who aspired to become aviators.
    She got paid to lecture at public schools, churches and theaters.
    She died during the rehearsal of a parachuting stunt. Her mechanic lost control of the plane when a wrench slid into the gearbox and jammed it. She was thrown from the plane and plummeted 500 feet to the ground.
    In 2018, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 72 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 3 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 11 Votes: 36.36% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 13 Votes: 15.38% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 19 Votes: 26.32% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 24 Votes: 45.83% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 17 Votes: 17.65% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 24 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 46 Votes: 43.48% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 44 Votes: 38.64% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 40 Votes: 45.00% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 142 Votes: 44.37% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 168 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 287 Votes: 44.60% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 73 Votes: 30.14% Annoying
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