By Sally M. Walker
THIS version is meant to be used IN faculties AND LIBRARIES purely. Bessie Coleman used to be pressured to shuttle to France to meet her dream of incomes a pilot's license. She grew to become the 1st African American lady to take action, and even if she was once wing-walking, giving
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But there was nothing fake about Bessie’s f lying. It was magnif icent. 37 In 1923, Bessie went to California, full of plans for her f light school. She bought her f irst airplane. It was a small, used plane called a Curtiss Jenny. Then she set up an air show. As she always did, Bessie checked her plane before taking off. Everything looked f ine. She f lew the Jenny 300 feet into the air. Suddenly, the motor stalled. The plane nose-dived toward the ground. This dive was no stunt. The Jenny crashed with Bessie inside.
But Bessie wouldn’t give up. She sent her fans a message from the hospital. ” 41 Bessie kept her word. That September, she went to Columbus, Ohio. She borrowed a plane and set up another show. 42 If Bessie was nervous about f lying again, she didn’t show it. Ten thousand fans were thrilled to see her soar into the sky. This time, not a thing went wrong. 43 Bessie looked forward to the future. She was ready to f ly in more shows. Maybe she would try parachuting or a few other fancy tricks. One way or another, she would keep working to open her f light school.
Bessie was preparing to do a parachute jump from a Jenny in Florida. A wrench fell into the plane’s control gears and jammed them. The pilot lost control. From her seat in the rear cockpit, Bessie could do nothing to help. The plane crashed. Both Bessie and the pilot died. Although she died before she could open her f light school, the daring young cotton picker from Texas did indeed do something important with her life. In spite of unfair treatment, she became the f irst African American woman to earn a pilot’s license.
Bessie Coleman: Daring to Fly (On My Own Biography) by Sally M. Walker