First African-American pilot to work for Continental Airlines.
He served as an Air Force captain and logged more than 3,000 hours of piloting multi-engine planes.
He was initially passed over for a pilot position with Continental Airlines. After he discovered that five less-qualified, white applicants had been hired as pilots, he filed a lawsuit that eventually reached the Supreme Court.
He was born in Arkansas and raised in Lansing, Michigan.
He jokingly compared himself to Jackie Robinson when interviewed following the Supreme Court's historic decision on his Continental Airlines case.