In May 1939, Dale L. White and Chauncey E. Spencer flew from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to further the cause of black aviation. Their flight was sponsored by the National Airmen’s Association and the Chicago Defender.
Janet Waterford Bragg (far right) poses with relatives, circa 1937. A registered nurse, Bragg purchased the first aircraft for the Challenger Air Pilot’s Association, Chicago’s first black flying club.
In 1948 President Harry S. Truman established the Fahey Committee (The President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment in the Military) to establish procedures for providing equal opportunity in the military.
During World War II, long and dangerous missions often meant that fighters returned to their bases with only enough fuel in their airplanes to fly three minutes. Pilots of the 15th Army Air Force Squadron formed “The Three Minute Egg Club.”…