Charles "Chief" Anderson - Tuskegee Flight Instructor


Charles Anderson, called "Chief" because he had flown so many hours, taught himself how to fly at the age of 22.  An African-American pilot, he was the first black commercial pilot in America.

Highly respected as a man and an educator - at Tuskegee Institute's flight school - Anderson (1907-1996) is known as the "Father of Black Aviation" because he taught so many people how to fly.  By the time of his death, Anderson had flown 52,000 hours.

In this photograph, from the Tuskegee Institute, the Chief is working with a student pilot.

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Image of Charles "Chief" Anderson, with student pilot, online courtesy Tuskegee Institute.


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