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Marlon Green in the cockpit of one of Continental's Boeing 707s. (Courtesy Green Family)

Aviation's Jackie Robinson

It took a Supreme Court decision, but in 1963 Marlon Green finally broke into the majors.

And unlike Robinson, he was never spat at or jeered. One of the airlines’ biggest fears was that passengers would refuse to fly with a black pilot, particularly in the South. But it never happened, says Green, not with passengers and not with his fellow pilots. In fact, he can’t recall a single incident “dramatic enough to be memorable.”

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