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.


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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