John Brewer

John Brewer

Archivist and Historian, New Pittsburgh Courier Newspaper, Pittsburgh, PA

www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com


Lonnie G. Bunch

Director, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC

nmaahc.si.edu

As somebody who has written a lot about early Black aviation, I think that J. Herman Banning was the most important pilot in the era before the Tuskegee Airmen. There is no doubt that his skill as a pilot, his ability to share what he did with the media, inspired many generations.

Lonnie Bunch

As I build the National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of my task is to make sure that people who are often left out of history are remembered. One of the most important stories that I want to make sure is in this museum is the story of J. Herman Banning. So he will be in the national museum when it opens its doors in 2015.

Lonnie Bunch

Von Hardesty

Von Hardesty, Ph.D, Former Curator, Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum, Former Curator, Smithsonian Institution’s Black Wings Exhibits, Documentaries and Publications, Washington DC

http://www.sites.si.edu


Philip Hart

Philip Hart

Ph.D, James Herman Banning’s Great Nephew and Author of Flying Free: America’s First Black Aviators


Ken Hyde

Ken Hyde

President, The Wright Experience, Warrenton, VA

www.wrightexperience.com


Kim Jones

Kim Jones

Deputy Director/Curator, Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.org/


Steve Koch

Steve Koch

Pilot, Flight Instructor and Owner of Classic Biplane Tours, Louisville, KY

www.classicbiplanetours.com/


Theresa Kraus

Theresa Kraus

Ph.D, Agency Historian, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington DC

www.archives.gov


Mark McCasland

Mark McCasland

Owner and Pilot of a Restored Travel Air 4000 Biplane, Kansas City, MO


Timothy Pinnick

Timothy Pinnick

Genealogist and Author of Finding and Using African American Newspapers

www.blackcoalminerheritage.net


Faith Davis Ruffins

Faith Davis Ruffins

Curator of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Washington DC

americanhistory.si.edu


Bruce Zimmerman

Bruce Zimmerman

President, Topeka Harley-Davidson/Yesterdays Cycle Restoration Museum, Topeka, KS

www.topekaharley.com/