O'Hare display honors 1st African American, Native American to earn international pilot's license

CHICAGO (WLS) -- O'Hare travelers can enjoy a new exhibit of aviation history.

The family of Bessie Coleman helped to unveil a display case of Coleman memorabilia in Terminal Two Friday.

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The display honors the 100th anniversary of Coleman achieving her international pilot's license.

On June 15, 1921, Coleman became the first African American woman and first Native American to earn a pilot's license and an international pilot's license.

Determined to polish her skills, Coleman spent the next two months taking lessons from a French ace pilot near Paris and, in September 1921, she sailed for America. She became a media sensation when she returned to the U.S.
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