Vivian “Millie” Bailey

We are pleased to share day XXIV of 540’s 2nd Annual Digital Black History Month Education Campaign

 Vivian “Millie” Bailey  | American Pilot

  • Name: Vivian Millie Bailey
  • Date of Birth: Circa 1918
  • Place of Birth: Deep South
  • Education:


  • The first black female pilot and WWII veteren
  • Bailey was among eight honorees at the National World War II Memorial Wednesday on the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe.
  • Was able to visit the White House at the age of 97 in 2015
  • The Community Foundation of Howard County, they named a fund the Millie Bailey Fund, established by Mary and Earl Armiger in honor of Bailey.

About Vivian “Millie” Bailey

Vivian Bailey, grew up in the Deep South, she joined the Army during World War II and ended up the Commander of a women’s unit. She eventually became a lieutenant in the Women’s Army Corps a distinction since at that time women did not occupy these roles in the military. Racism was also rampant and blatant.  Bailey went on to have a long career in government and retired after serving as a division director at the Social Security Administration.  She celebrated her 100th birthday in 2018.

“To have a beautiful mind, you have to do things that make you analyze, think and make decisions”

About the Campaign

Every day throughout the month of February 540Blog will devote space to sharing Little Known Facts About Black Americans Throughout History. For us every month is Black History Month but we recognize and support the continuous need to take time and space to put a special spotlight on the accomplishments of Black and brown Americans from all ethnicities that have literally changed the course of history and yet have legacies that are not know by the masses.


  1. Beautiful Minds
  2. Washington Times
  3. Black Doctor

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  1. Vivian “Millie” Bailey was NEVER a pilot, she served in the Medical field as a WAC Commander. Bessie Coleman, was the first CIVILIAN licensed black woman pilot in the world, before Vivian “Millie” Bailey was even born, and Willa Brown

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