|Willa Beatrice Brown Chappell, 1906-1992 born Glasgow, Kentucky.
Aviator, politician, educator and activist, Willa Brown gleaned strength
and inspiration from the life work of Bessie Coleman. Willa was
instrumental in establishing the Coffey School of Aeronautics and in
doing so, fulfilled Bessie's long standing dream of an all black flying
school. With a master's degree from Northwestern University and a
Master Mechanic's Certificate, Willa became the first African American
woman to earn a commercial pilot's license. She was the first woman to
fly with the Illinois Air Patrol. She was also the first African American to
achieve an officer's rank in the Civil Air Patrol and lead the fight to
integrate African Americans into the U.S. Army Corp.