A new book claims that the last man to fly the first commercial plane was a Black man who took a nap while on the plane.
In The Black Man in The Moon, author Daniel S. Lippman writes about the legendary American Civil War pilot Thomas C. “C.J.”
Sometime around 1865, the two-time World War I hero was assigned to a mission in northern Virginia.
“McDonough had never flown before,” Sippman says.
“His first flight, on March 1, 1865, was a night flight.”
The mission was for a company of Confederate soldiers called the Union Army’s 3rd Regiment.
But it was a one-day mission that would be repeated many times over.
“When McDonight finally took off on March 2, 1865,” Sittman writes, “he was flying through a cloud of smoke, and it took him just a few minutes to fly from New York City to Richmond.”
Sippmans story is a bit more than a few years old, but it’s still fascinating.
A month before McDonigh took off for the first time, the U.S. government was trying to figure out how to fight the Confederacy.
It wasn’t easy.
At the time, there was a lot of animosity and conflict between the South and the North.
The Confederacy controlled more territory in the U and S. than the North, and many in the South were not happy with the way the war was being waged.
The U. S. government would soon be trying to negotiate a peace agreement with the Confederacy that would allow for Southern farmers to keep some of the land they’d gained during the war to continue farming.
This was a difficult time in American history, especially because of the slave trade that was going on.
The Civil War was the most violent and bloodiest in American History.
But in order to reach a deal, McDonogh had to fly all the way to the South.
“In order to cross the Atlantic, McDONOUGH had to spend two days in the Atlantic and then return to the East Coast,” Sitman writes.
“For the second time, Mcdonough was on a commercial flight.”
Sixty-three-year-old C.J. McDonaugh was the first Black man to go into space, but the first African American to fly a plane.
The book is full of amazing details and some great stories about C. J. Mcdonogh, but Sipps book also tells a tale about how McDonagh was a man who had a knack for being different.
“It’s not a new idea, but for McDongh, it wasn’t just about his color,” Sitzman says, “it was about who he was.
And that’s what this book is about, and I think it’s important for anyone who has been a part of the civil rights movement, for anyone to know about the man who was one of the first and the most outspoken and one of us who really had to be brave.”
The Black man in the moon book is a great read for those interested in the Civil War, but if you are looking for something a little more personal, the book is also a great way to learn about the people who went before McDONACHE.
In a time where the Civil Rights movement was still just starting, it’s easy to see how some of McDonahs stories and accomplishments have come to be known as iconic.
And Sipp says McDONOHAN has inspired other people to follow in his footsteps.
“We have a lot to learn from C. McDONOGHAN,” Sizerman says.