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Fly Girls!

Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart are Fly Girls on two levels. They both are early Women Aviators in American History; and, their sense of fashion is FLY!

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was the first African American and first woman to receive an International Pilot's License in 1921. Bessie was unable to take flying lessons in America; so, she went to France. Learning to fly was Bessie's childhood dream. Upon returning from France, Bessie flew planes in Airshows!

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart began taking flying lessons as a hobby in 1922. Amelia's love of aviation inspired her to set many world records for flying long distances. She was the first person to fly solo over both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

In 1932, Amelia developed flying clothes. "Her first creation was a flying suit with loose trousers, a zipper top and big pockets. Vogue advertised it with a two-page photo spread. Then, she began designing her own line of clothes "for the woman who lives actively."

Bessie and Amelia are the original Fly Girls! They had amazing aviator records and their aviator gear was FLY!!


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