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Lucean Arthur HeadenThe Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur$
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Jill D. Snider

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654355

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654355.001.0001

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A Dream Takes Flight

A Dream Takes Flight

(p.48) Chapter Four A Dream Takes Flight
Lucean Arthur Headen

Jill D. Snider

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 4 describes Headen’s experiences as an early aviator. It probes his decision to seek flying lessons in 1911 at the Aeronautical Society of New York; his relationship with his instructor (François Raiche); and the reception he received as an exhibition pilot in 1912. The chapter notes the various funding strategies Headen employed as he attempted to promote his aviation career and documents the conflicts he experienced with a rival black aviator, promoters, white reporters, writers for the black press, and back audiences in Chicago and St. Louis. The chapter interprets his experiences within the dual contexts of race and emerging attempts to regulate and professionalize flying.

Keywords:   African American aviators, Aeronautical Society of New York, black press, Chicago, IL, exhibition pilots, François Raiche, St. Louis, MO

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