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Eugene Bullard - French Pilot's License

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Like Bessie Coleman, Eugene Bullard received his pilot's license in France.  (For Bullard, the date was May 5, 1917.)

Not allowed to fly for America during World War I because he was black - as confirmed by Major General Michael McGinty in his 8 August 1994 memo - he flew for France.  He was part of the famous Lafayette Flying Corps where his motto (like the title of his unpublished memoir) was "All Blood Runs Red."

This image depicts his pilot's license and ID card.  It is online, courtesy Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall at Maxwell Air Force Base (in Alabama).

Thirty-three years after his death - and seventy-seven years to the day that the U.S. government rejected Bullard as a pilot - the U.S. Air Force appointed him a 2nd Lieutenant.

To learn more about Eugene Bullard, see Dr. Craig Lloyd's book Eugene Bullard:  Black Expatriate in Jazz-Age Paris.


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Image of Eugene Bullard's France-issued pilot's license and ID card.  Online, courtesy Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, Maxwell AFB.

 

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