African American Airline Pilots

30 Aug

I have been traveling via airlines for along time, and I can honestly say that I have never seen African American airline pilots in all the years I have traveled.  I know they exist; I just haven’t seen any personally.  History was made February of this year when the first all-Black female flight crew traveled from Atlanta to Nashville.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNcxD4XFU-M

Even though those lovely ladies have been seen on TV, they are truly an exception.

To learn more about African American airline pilots, I contacted the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP).  Who knew that this organization existed?  Anyway, I wanted to know how many Black pilots there were in the aviation industry.  The actual number of African American pilots is unknown (1).  However, I did learn that there are 7 Black female captains.  Based on those figures alone, it is safe to say that Black pilots are virtually invisible in this industry.

Thus, I would like to share the stories of two airline captains, Robert Holmes and Stacey Marcus.  I am certain that they have not been seen on TV.  Stay tuned for their stories on As NOT Seen on TV.

(1) I submitted an Information Request to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to find out how many total pilots there are; the number of Black pilots; and the number of female Black-pilots.  I am still awaiting a response

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