Cornelius Coffey

STEM Career: Aeronautical Mechanic and Licensed Pilot

Significant Contribution/s: First African American to be licensed as both a pilot and aeronautical mechanic; established his own flight training school, the Coffey School of Aeronautics, in Chicago.

Birth: September 6, 1903

Death: March 2, 1994


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