Eugene Bullard

Eugene Bullard, pictured in 1929, was the world's first black combat aviator. A native of Columbus, Bullard moved in 1912 to England, where he worked as a prizefighter. He joined the French army at the beginning of World War I and eventually received flight training. During the war he flew at least twenty missions and downed at least one German plane.

Courtesy of Musée de l'Air, Paris, France

Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries