Aviation’s Jackie Robinson

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

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