By Sally M. Walker
THIS version is meant to be used IN faculties AND LIBRARIES merely. Bessie Coleman used to be compelled to go back and forth to France to satisfy her dream of incomes a pilot's license. She grew to become the 1st African American girl to take action, and no matter if she used to be wing-walking, giving
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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. And she would help keep the dream of f light alive for women and men of all races. 45 Image Not Available 46 Afterword Bessie Coleman went on to perform air shows in many places, including her hometown of Waxahachie, Texas. Along with her death-defying stunts as a pilot, she learned to parachute. She also wing-walked, balancing herself on the wings of a moving plane while another pi lot took the controls.
They gazed at the plane as it curved upward. Suddenly, it turned sharply to the side. The audience gasped. Had Bessie lost control? Not for a second! She turned the plane again and completed a smooth f igure 8. 33 Bessie’s dives and rolls scared some people. She was risking her life with those daring stunts, they said. But Bessie saw herself as a f lying actress. Her job was to show people a good time. She had another reason to take chances. She needed to earn money. 34 Bessie wanted to open a f lying school.
Watch Me Fly! Long Island, New York, September 1922 Bessie gave her boots one last polish. A band started to play. The jazzy music matched her mood. For the f irst time, she was going to f ly in front of an American crowd. More than a thousand people had paid to see her take to the sky. 29 Bessie climbed into the cockpit and pulled her goggles over her eyes. A co-pilot climbed in back. The mechanic started the engine. The crowd stared as the plane rolled across the f ield and left the ground. In the 1920s, airplanes often crashed.