Did You Know?: In 1964, David Harris became the first black pilot for a commercial airline. Harris spent his childhood at Lockbourne Air Force Base with his brother. Although President Truman desegregated the military forces in 1948, racism lingered in the aviation business. Harris, on the other hand, become a captain in the United States Air Force flying B-52 bombers. After six and a half years in the military, he applied to many commercial airlines to become a pilot, but was consistently turned down. He wasn't considered a serious possibility until he reached out to American Airlines and was promoted to captain after three years." Reaching back and assisting others to thrive, that's what I'd like for my legacy to be," Harris says.
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