07 July 2009

American Eagle

On this day in 1938, Colonel Hubert Julian, an American aviator known as "The Black Eagle" set sail for England on the RMS Queen Mary. After an unsuccessful attempt at a transatlantic flight in 1924 left him in the hospital, the Trinidad-born Julian tried again five years later. This time, two years after Lindbergh, he made it, gaining attention for aviation and recognition for himself as an expert pilot, particulary among the African-American community. In Ethiopa, Emperor Haile Selassie awarded him Abyssinian citizenship and the rank of colonel.

Julian was the first African-American aviator to fly coast to coast in the United States. He is pictured here aboard the ship.


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