NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has penned a must-read tribute to aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Bolden opens his piece with the quote above, noting that Earhart would have made a great astronaut not only "for breaking barriers of possibility in flight, but also for her determination to break barriers of exclusion here on Earth."


Above: Amelia Earhart and Lockheed Electra 10E NR16020, c. 1937, via Wikimedia Commons

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Why do I read comments on these websites? Bessie Coleman, who I admit I am pleased to know about now (and probably didn't know about due to not being that into pilots), seems like an amazing woman. Yet, I fail to understand why people are getting so up in arms about him bringing up the first woman pilot instead of the first African-American pilot.

I think we can appreciate both, and I suppose instead of putting down Amelia Earhart... I think it might've been nice if people had said something like:

"I understand why you might find Amelia Earhart amazing, however my personal flying hero is Bessie Coleman. She was so in love with flying that when people refused to allow her to take classes she went to France to get it. Here is a link to a place that can talk a bit more about her."