Dwight’s father, Ed Dwight, Sr., was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1933 and was the second base for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League. His mother, Georgia Baker Dwight, encouraged the boy from an early age, and Ed Jr. became an avid reader who could work well with his hands – including creating art, a passion to which he would later return.
Dwight dreamed of flying jet planes and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1953. Eight years later, he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from Arizona State University.
After completing the experimental pilot test course, Dwight completed a pilot in aerospace research while he was trained in Astronaut.
In 1961, President Kennedy selected Dwight to train as an experimental test pilot to prepare for the flight into space as America’s first African-American astronaut. The pilot was suddenly catapulted to the front pages of magazines and the front pages of newspapers around the world. At a time when the Soviet Union defeated the United States in the space race, the young jet pilot offered the United States the chance to win a much-needed groundbreaking flight.
“To see an Ed Dwight get into an Apollo capsule over the platform would have been amazing back then. It would have had an incredible impact, ”he said Charles Bolden, the first African American to lead NASA.
The following year, Dwight piloted his F-104 Starfighter to 80,000 feet before turning off his engines and staring at the curvature of the earth beneath his vehicle. It was the next thing he would ever come to Reach space.
“Dwight was heavily discriminated against by other astronauts and held out until President Kennedy’s death when government officials created a threatening atmosphere. He resigned in 1966 without going into space.” The historians Reports.
Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we haven’t stopped yet. More explorations will follow. – Nichelle Nichols, Nyota Uhura, Star Trek
Similar to Jerri Cobb and the women of Mercury 13, the political will to see an African American in space, have been pushed to the background with the urge to land on the moon and the budget cuts that followed this success.
On August 30, 1983, Guion Bluford was the first African American to fly into space Space shuttle Challenger. Bluford logged 688 hours in space on four shuttle missions.