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John C. Robinson
International Aviation Pioneer
United States

In 1931, two years after the start of the Great Depression, John C. Robinson co-founded Robbins Airport, America’s first Black airport. During its short life, the airport created its own legacy, including being the site where ten of the original Tuskegee Airmen learned to fly. In April 1935, when Italy attacked Ethiopia, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie wired an official invitation to Robinson offering him an officer's commission in the fledging Ethiopian Air Force. Robinson accepted and was later named the commander of the Air Force and played a role in the foundation of Ethiopian Airlines. Because of his work and influence in aviation, Robinson is often considered the Father of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Father of Ethiopian Airlines.

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