Virtual Museum To Honor African American Aviation Pioneers
February 10, 2010,
Airlines has a new virtual museum, BlacksinAviation.com, that explores
the history of African Americans in aviation from pre-civil rights to
the present. Launched today, the virtual museum highlights the
challenges and accomplishments of African-American aviation
professionals, including the struggle for racial equality in commercial
airlines, the military and aerospace.
The virtual museum
is a Web site that provides written profiles along with video
interviews, photos and historical documents to cover this chapter in
American history. Some of today's most accomplished aviators assisted
American Airlines with Blacks in Aviation, including NASA Administrator
Charles Bolden, who was chosen to lead the aerospace agency in 2008 and
members of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Aviation tells a story within a story," said Capt. Mark Hettermann,
American's Vice President – Flight. "It is a tribute to an industry that
our country has dominated since its very beginnings on a sand hill in
Blacks in Aviation, American continues its legacy of bringing aviation
career opportunities to students. Today, American has several programs
designed to expose students to aviation careers. College students
majoring in Aviation Studies may apply to the airline's Pilot Internship
Program, and the
The airline also
participates each year in Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals'
Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp, which introduces middle and high
school children to aviation careers. (see American Airlines
Steve Harvey And 100 Campers At Airline-Sponsored Flight School)
(see American Airlines Hosts Entertainer Steve Harvey And 100 Campers At Airline-Sponsored Flight School)
The Blacks In
Aviation videos will be provided on DVD to local schools for classroom
viewing, and American Airlines and American Eagle pilots who volunteer
at schools will use these videos during Black History Month and
throughout the year. Each week during Black History Month, new video
interviews will be added to the virtual museum.
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