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Flyers: In Search of a Dream #PBSVHS0024
Flyers: In Search of a Dream
PBS Home Video

The documentary, Flyers: In Search of a Dream tells the intriguing stories of the United State's early black aviators who overcame the enormous social pressures of early 20th century America to gain the right to fly.  "Flyers: In Search of a Dream" does a credible job of documenting this often neglected and important phase of American history through the lives and adventures of early black aviators.  Viewers of this video will be exposed to a number of pioneering black aviators like Bessie Coleman, the first black person to earn a pilot license that in segregated 1921 America, was only available to her in Europe.  You'll also meet William J. Powell, Sr., a man who organized the Bessie Coleman Aero Club to promote and expand the field of aviation in the black community.  Another early black aviator highlighted is Hubert Julian, one of the first licensed aviators who pursued a controversial career as a showman and promoter of black aviation.  Also reviewed is James Herman Banning, who was the first black pilot to successfully complete a transcontinental flight over America in 1932.  "Flyers: In Search of a Dream" is truly a one-of-a-kind program that combines rare archival footage, vintage photographs and dramatic vignettes into one of the most definitive documentaries on early American black aviation.  Full screen in black & white and color.  Released in 1999.  Runtime 60 minutes.


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