Hubert Fauntleroy Julian, nicknamed the Black Eagle, was born in Trinidad on January 5th, 1897. He was the first black person to obtain a pilot’s license in the United States. In 1931, he became the first black man to fly coast to coast over the American continent and also broke the world record for endurance flying with a non-stop non-refueling flight of 84 hours and 33 minutes.
In 1928 Julian planned a transatlantic flight in a plane built on Staten Island. The plane was being built by the Bellanca Aircraft Corporation based at Miller Field. Read more in the article below.
See Hubert posing on the ship Ile de France at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCn6w061VtY.