Willa Brown Chappell (1906-1992)

Courthouse Square, Glasgow, KY


Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger



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"This Glasgow native was the first African American woman to earn a pilotís license in the U.S., 1937. That year, she also earned masters degree from Northwestern Univ. She was first African American officer in Civil Air Patrol(1941) & first American woman to hold both a mechanicís license & commercial pilotís license (1943).

Co-founder of National Airmenís Association of America, which worked to get African Americans into U.S. Air Force. In 1940, she co-founded the Coffey School of Aeronautics which trained black pilots. Some of these pilots became part of the Tuskegee Airmen. She was influential in the integration of the U.S. military in 1948. Presented by the Glasgow B&PW Club"

Update Log 

  • April 4, 2021: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • April 4, 2021: Added by Bill Eichelberger