America's First African-American Fighter Pilot

12/13/2014 - 12/20/2014

America's first African-American fighter pilot was Eugene Bullard. The son of a slave, Bullard left behind the prejudices of America and moved to France. When World War I broke out, he joined the Lafayette Escadrille where he became one of their most decorated fighter pilots. When America joined the war, Bullard was not allowed to serve in the US Army Air Service because of his race. He served out the remainder of the war in the US infantry.