- Azellia White, made history as the first Black woman to acquire a pilot's license
- The 106-year-old woman earned a pilot’s license in the state of Texas in 1946
- Born on June 3, 1913, Azellia White, reflects on this achievement after decades
At a time when very few women pursued male-dominated careers, Azellia White, became the first Black woman to earn a pilot’s license in the state of Texas in 1946.
Azellia White, 106, relocated from Texas to Alabama with her husband, Hulon ‘Pappy’ White when they tied the knot in a blissful marriage ceremony.
Becoming a pilot had been one of her dreams and her curiosity around learning to fly would soon materialize when she made history as the first Black woman to earn a pilot’s license.
The Texas native reflects on her notable glass ceiling shattering feat and shares her secrets to living such a long and fulfilling life.
Azellia White credits her long life to abstaining from alcohol and smoking cigarettes as the secret to her long life.
She acquired her foundation concepts and nuances of flying from some of her male colleagues in Tuskegee Airmen for whom her husband worked.
She disclosed being inspired by a visit from former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, to the airbase of the Tuskegee Airmen in 1941.
It was after this pivotal visit that Mrs. Roosevelt is said to have convinced her husband to allow the Tuskegee Airmen to be deployed to fly in World War II.
Over 70 years later, White still reflects on being present during that visit with great pride and reverence for the opportunity that Mrs. Roosevelt created for Black pilots.
After WWII, Black pilots returned to Houston, opened their own school to teach African-Americans how to fly, and it was there that White formally trained and ultimately earned her pilot’s license.
Over the years, she’s received numerous awards, including being inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.
She had the Aviation Science Lab at Sterling High School in Houston, Texas named in her honour, and was also honoured by the Houston Area Urban League Guild.
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