Turbulence Before Takeoff


The Life and Times of Aviation Pioneer Marlon Dewitt Green

As incredible as it may seem today, until the mid-1960s major U.S. airlines refused to hire African-American pilots. It took Marlon DeWitt Green to challenge -and ultimately change- the entrenched system of segregation in the airline industry.

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Green, a successful and accomplished Air Force pilot, supported by his wife and family, the efforts of his tireless Denver attorney, and a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, finally opened the cockpits to pilots of color. But the victory did not come without immense personal pain.

Turbulence Before Takeoff is the story of Green’s long and courageous struggle, set within the larger context of the battle for civil rights and equality that nearly tore America apart in the 20th century. It is an inspirational story of perseverance that won’t soon be forgotten.

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Flint Whitlock

2 reviews for Turbulence Before Takeoff

  1. The book is an amazing experience of seeing what Marlon’s and the family’s life was like. You [Flint] have done an excellent job researching and documenting the book, and your insert boxes of contemporary civil rights history are a great help in putting it all in perspective. What personal sacrifices lay along the road to realizing the ideals of our country! And of course, we have a long way to go.

    Thank you for collaborating with this exceptional man and his family to bring this story to the attention of more people.

  2. I just finished a marathon read of your book, Turbulence Before Takeoff. It’s fascinating–very well written and carefully documented. Thank you for writing such a fine book that ties events of the civil rights era together with the biography of an aviation pioneer.

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