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Black History Trailblazers in Aviation and Space

Lucean Arthur Headen (August 26, 1879 – September 17, 1957) was one of the earliest known African American aviators and a prolific inventor. Headen’s patents for de-icing aircraft wings and propellers are still cited by aeronautical corporations today.

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt. Lauren Douglas
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