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 James Herman Banning

James Herman Banning

Birth
Carlton, Blaine County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 5 Feb 1933 (aged 33)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 19180 · View Source
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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.


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  • Added: 22 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19180
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Herman Banning (5 Nov 1899–5 Feb 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19180, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .