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James Herman Banning
Birth: Nov. 5, 1899
Blaine County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1933
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

Banning's claim to fame is first that he was the nation's first licensed black male pilot. Banning and another black pilot, Thomas C. Allen became the first black pilots to fly coast-to-coast from Los Angeles to Long Island, New York, in 1932. Using a plane pieced together from junkyard parts, they made the 3,300 mile trip in less than 42 hours aloft. However, the trip actually required 21 days to complete because the pilots had to raise money each time they stopped. Banning was a passenger in a biplane, sitting in the front open cockpit without controls, during a San Diego air show. The Navy pilot at the controls, trying to impress his more accomplished passenger, pulled the nose of the tiny plane up into a steep climb. The plane stalled and fell into a fatal spin in front of hundreds of horrified spectators. 

Cause of death: plane crash
Evergreen Cemetery
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
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Record added: Dec 22, 2000
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