Airbus Heritage On the wings of time

For millennia, humanity gazed upwards and dreamt of taking to the skies and exploring the stars. But this remained simply a vision until the innovative spirit of the early aviators overcame all limits. Airbus, through its predecessor companies, has been at the heart of this quest, pioneering many of the technologies that helped us reach the skies and stars and are now part of everyday life. Developing aircraft that fly faster, further and more efficiently; exploring the distant reaches of space; and protecting our security here on earth. Discover Airbus’ place in the history of aerospace and defence and celebrate the outstanding female pioneers who helped shape the world of aviation.

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“Blacks should not have to experience the difficulties I faced, so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly.” – Bessie Coleman, b.1892. First black aviatrix in the US Read her full story: Today, the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recognises the people and projects worldwide which encourage students of all profiles and backgrounds to study & succeed in engineering. #EmbraceDiversity #AirbusHeritage #pioneers #diversity #heritage

We celebrate the pioneering women who created careers in aviation and inspired people around the world against the odds. Born on this day, 1892, Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s licence – even though no American flight school would accept her due to her skin colour. Coleman earned her pilot’s license in France and after returning to the US, she took part in shows across the entire country. “At first, I was a curiosity, but soon the public discovered I could really fly. Then they came to see ‘Brave Bessie’, as they called me.” #AirbusHeritage

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