Black History

albert edward forsytheTuskegee Airman….

Albert E. Forsyth, who was born in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1897, was brought to Port Antonio in Jamaica in his early childhood.  Forsyth left the island in 1911 to continue his education first at the Tuskegee Institute and later at the Universities of Illinois and Toledo in the United States, where he graduated with the degree of Batchelor of Science. A year later he began the study of medicine at McGill University in Canada, graduating in 1930 with the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Surgery.  Dr. Albert E. Forsythe was Charles Anderson’s comrade in Arms. Forsythe who was actually a doctor by profession, was among the first African Americans to receive their pilots license. Forsythe is mostly known for his heroic Goodwill flights which sole purposes was to show what African Americans could do as skilled aviators; because at that time it was thought that blacks were inferior to whites in aviation and did not have the mental capabilities to pilot an aircraft. The first Goodwill flight he flew was from Atlantic City, NJ where Dr. Albert had been practicing medicine, to Los Angeles. He flew with only a compass and altimeter. He had no radio, no lights, and no parachute. All they had for navigation was their compass and a McNally road map; which flew out of Forsythe’s hands during the return flight. Forsythe and Charles flew many more different flights and by this time they were known world wide. After many flights Forsythe returned to medicine after he was extremely well known. “My main business was medicine….I was not interested in becoming involved much in aviation. We just made a series of flights for the sole purpose of opening the road for blacks who wanted to fly.” Forsythe had said after he was done with aviation. Forsythe Later died in 1984.

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