Download e-book for iPad: Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot by Larry Greenly

By Larry Greenly

Pioneering black aviator Eugene Bullard, descended from slaves, turned the world’s first black fighter pilot, even though he used to be barred from serving the us as a result of the colour of his skin.

Growing up in Georgia, Bullard confronted discrimination and the specter of lynching, yet he had listened spellbound to his father's tales approximately how France taken care of everybody both. He ran clear of domestic at twelve, labored as a profesional boxer at seventeen, and at last made his approach to France, the place he joined the French international Legion and later the Lafayette Flying Corps. He observed fierce wrestle in the course of international battle I and was once wounded a number of times.

In global conflict II, Bullard turned a member of the French Underground. After the struggle, he back to the U.S. with a chest choked with medals, yet once more confronted discrimination. Bullard was once all yet missed within the usa, whilst, at age sixty-four in 1959, he used to be made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. the subsequent yr, basic Charles de Gaulle for my part invited Bullard to a rite in big apple the place he used to be embraced by means of the final himself.

Eugene Bullard's is a extraordinary tale of achievement regardless of racial prejudice. writer Larry Greenly's biography contains quite a few historic photos of Bullard all through his travels.

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