Ed Dwight Jr. Was Set to Become America’s First Black Astronaut

Edward Dwight Jr. was an ace combat pilot with a top aeronautics degree and 2,000 flying hours under his belt. In 1962, he was announced as a candidate to become America’s first black astronaut. (3:22)

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