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First African-American Fighter Pilot Statue Unveiled

The first African-American fighter pilot statue was unveiled last week at the Museum of Aviation next to Robins Air Force Base. Eugene Bullard, who became known as the Black Swallow of Death, was the first African-American pilot to fly in combat.

Originally born in Columbus, Georgia in 1895, Bullard ran away from home at the young age of 11 and eventually stowed himself away on a freighter bound for Scotland. He eventually settled in France. When World War I broke out, Bullard enlisted in the French Foreign Legion, serving first in the infantry. He then received his wings as a member of the Aéronautique Militaire in May 1917.

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Eugene Bullard

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