|Birth: ||1921, USA|
|Death: ||Oct., 2011, USA|
Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
USA TODAY (Arlington, VA) - Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Mildred Carter: Alabama's first licensed black female pilot dies at 90
Funeral services for Carter, who died at the age of 90, will be held Friday in Tuskegee.
She was the wife of Herbert Carter, who compiled a distinguished flying record during World War II.
Both had to overcome racial prejudices and discriminatory practices when they learned to fly, but they persevered. As the years passed, they became the "first family" of the Tuskegee Airmen organization and represented the group at functions around the world.
She only accumulated 150 hours in the air, much fewer than her husband's 5,500 hours in prop planes and jets, but she was well aware of just how historic her license became.
Herbert Carter Jr., one of the couple's three children, said his mother often regretted that she came along a little too early and couldn't achieve her dream of becoming a WASP (Women's Air Force Service Pilots), which was an all-white female group that served during World War II.
Earlier this year, Mildred Carter was honored for her aviation exploits at the Tuskegee Human and Multicultural Center.
Carter is survived by her husband, three children, a sister, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Herbert Eugene Carter (1919 - 2012)
Created by: Laura Phillips
Record added: Nov 11, 2012
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