SOTD- Thurs, Jan 26, 2012
by, 26th January 2012 at 10:09 PM (1806 Views)
Bessie Coleman, 1892-1926
One can feel the rush of the props
and the cool air as it picks up the scent of violets.
Clouds scudding by in the azure sky;
weightless, yet filled with the promise of a glorious day.
The wind sings in the struts
as we bank gently over the fields.
Light leather stirs up from the
supple coat and gloves,
while garden flowers waft on the
Notes are orange tree, rose, neroli, jasmine, violet, opoponax, precious woods, and carnation.
This is pure parfum.
About the photograph-
In a time of both gender and racial discrimination, Bessie Coleman broke barriers and became the first black woman in the world to earn a pilot's license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she took it upon herself to learn French and move to France to achieve her goal. After only seven months, Coleman earned her license from France's well known Caudron Brother's School of Aviation. Though she wanted to start a flying school for African Americans when she returned to the U.S., Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting and earned a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. In 1922, hers was the first public flight by an African American woman in America. Tragically, Bessie Coleman's life ended at the age of 33 when she was killed in an accident during a rehearsal for an aerial show. She remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation.
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