Aviation Excellence

African Americans pushed on through the many obstacles that kept them from careers in aviation. Today they are represented in all areas of the industry and hold professional positions at the highest ranks of organizations that include the military, commercial airlines, and NASA.
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Captain Patrice Clark-Washington, UPS; Captain Ray Washington, American Airlines
Captain Patrice Clark-Washington was one of the first black women to graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, with an aeronautical degree. A pilot for UPS, she became the first black woman to become a captain for a major airline. Her husband, Captain Ray Washington, is a captain for American Airlines.

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