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Willa Brown

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Early African American Aviator Willa Brown

Willa Brown was the first African American woman to earn both a pilot’s license (1938) and a commercial license (1939). Brown was also the first African American woman to become an officer in the Illinois Civil Air Patrol (CAP). While enrolled in a master's degree program at Northwestern University, Brown...
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Willa Brown: Aviation pioneer, trailblazer for women

“Willa was persistent and dedicated. She was the foundation, framework, and builder of people’s souls. She did it not for herself, but for all of us.”. Those words spoken by aviator Chauncey Spencer were used to describe Kentucky’s own aviation trailblazer, Willa Brown. A native of Glasgow, Ky., Willa was...
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