First American Black Pilot Eugene Jacques Bullard – A WW1 Pilot And Hero
In August of 1917 Eugene Jacques Bullard, a black American by birth volunteered for the French foreign legion.
And he later went on to become the first black pilot in history and only one of two black pilots in World War I.
When the United States finally joined the war, Bullard was the only member of the Escadrille or the French Flying Corps who was NOT invited to join the US Air Service.
At that time the Air Service only accepted white men.