FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2000
CONTACT: Terri Hamiter (409)740-7722
TX-The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Directors is
pleased to announce the selection of Bessie Coleman for induction
to the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. Ms. Coleman was born in Atlanta,
Texas and raised in Waxahachie, Texas before moving to Chicago,
Illinois to pursue her dream of flight. Ms. Coleman, a world-renowned
aerobatic pilot, skydiver, and airshow performer, opened the frontier
of aviation for African-Americans and continued the quest to remove
gender barriers in aviation. In 1921, [she] became the first African
American individual to receive an international pilot's license
from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in France.
with Bessie Coleman, the honorees to be inducted in November 2000
are: Ronald G. Bliss, Air Force pilot; Capt. Eugene Cernan, astronaut;
General Claire Chennault, founder of the Flying Tigers; Charlie
Hillard, first American to win the world aerobatic championship;
D.U. "Dee" Howard, innovator of the military and commercial
aircraft conversion industry; Fred Parks, bomber group intelligence
officer during the famed World War II Ploesti Raids; and Leland
Shaw, designer of the Snow air tractor and leading innovator in
aerial agricultural application.
by the Texas legislature and dedicated in 1997, the Texas Aviation
Hall of Fame honors Texans that have contributed to the advancement
of aviation, and outstanding aviation achievements within the state.
The Class of 2000 will be honored in special induction ceremonies
at the annual Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Gala in Galveston, Texas
on November 10, 2000. For further information on the Texas Aviation
Hall of Fame, visit the Lone Star Flight Museum website at www.lsfm.org
or call (409) 740-7722.