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Flyers in Search of a Dream


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Flyers in Search of a Dream
Program Description

DOCUMENTARY THAT FOCUSES ON THE CONTRIBUTION OF BLACK AVIATORS, BOTH TECHNICALLY AND DEVELOPMENTALLY, TO THE WORLD OF AVIATION. Rare film footage and dramatic reenactments tell the unknown story of America's pioneering black aviators and the familiar frustrations and struggles created by racial prejudice. This program documents this important phase of history--during the Golden Age of aviators in the 1920's and '30's--including the producer's great-uncle, James Herman Banning. Accompanied by mechanic Thomas C. Allen, Banning was the first black pilot to complete a transcontinental flight, in 1932. The program also celebrates the efforts of Bessie Coleman, the first black pilot to receive a license, which she was forced to earn abroad, in 1922.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Flyers in Search of a Dream,” 12/03/1986, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1BBB0B8749B14027BB9313BAE11133F6.
MLA: “Flyers in Search of a Dream.” 12/03/1986. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1BBB0B8749B14027BB9313BAE11133F6>.
APA: Flyers in Search of a Dream. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1BBB0B8749B14027BB9313BAE11133F6
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