First Black Air Force C-17 pilot teaches next generation of aviators

First Black Air Force C-17 pilot teaches next generation of aviators
April 24, 2021
First Black C-17 pilot
Photo Credit: WUSA9.com Col. London is the first African American test pilot of the Boeing C-17, one of the largest military aircraft in the Air Force.

First Black Air Force C-17 pilot teaches next generation of aviators
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By JC Whittington

Col. London is the first African American test pilot of the Boeing C-17, one of the largest military aircraft in the Air Force. George London taught physics to teenagers for 17 years. But before that, he had a prolific military career as one of the Air Force's first Black test pilots.

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. — George London retired from a 17-year-long career as a physics teacher at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md. The 74-year-old is affectionately known by students as a math wiz who was able to make a difficult topic easier to learn. But, he also lived a life many of his students may not have been aware of. London is a decorated military officer and one of the first Black Air Force test pilots. The armed forces are celebrated as one of America's most diverse institutions. However, Black people are almost invisible in the cockpits of America's military aircraft.

The Air Force's pilot field has always been overwhelmingly white and male.

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