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Dorothy McIntyre

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Airplane Pilot

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Morocco, North Africa, France, Spain
Favorite Quote:
You're Kidding.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1917
Birth Location:
Leroy, New York

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Airplane Pilot

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Morocco, North Africa, France, Spain
Favorite Quote:
You're Kidding.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1917
Birth Location:
Leroy
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Biography

Pioneering aviator and retired educator Dorothy Layne McIntyre, was born in Le Roy, New York in 1917. She completed her elementary and secondary school education in Leroy, enrolled in West Virginia State College, and was accepted into the Civilian Pilot Training Program. She received a pilot’s license form the Civil Aeronautics Authority in 1940, becoming one of the first black licensed pilots among American women.

During World War II, McIntyre taught aircraft mechanics at the War Production Training School No. 453 in Baltimore, Maryland while simultaneously working as a secretary for the Baltimore Urban League. She applied for admission to WASP, a program staffed by women pilots who ferried bombers during the war, but was denied because of her race. After moving to Cleveland, Ohio, she was employed as a bookkeeper for businessman Alonzo Wright and taught for a time in the Cleveland Public Schools.

McIntyre was the subject of the dance production, Take-Off From a Forced Landing, created by her daughter, award-winning choreographer, Dianne McIntyre. She was a member of the Tuskegee Airman’s Alumni Association and was profiled in Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science.

McIntyre was married to Francis Benjamin McIntyre for more than fifty years.

McIntyre was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 18, 2004.

McIntyre passed away on August 30, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dorothy McIntyre's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dorothy McIntyre lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about her father, how her parents met and her paternal family ancestor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dorothy McIntyre recalls her father's work and her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dorothy McIntyre describes the size of Le Roy, New York and the Tonawanda Reservation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dorothy McIntyre describes her earliest childhood memories in Culpeper, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dorothy McIntyre describes Le Roy, New York and the history of the Great Migration
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about her family moving north and her paternal uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dorothy McIntyre describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Le Roy, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about playing sports at Le Roy High School in Le Roy, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dorothy McIntyre describes being discriminated against by her principal at Le Roy Elementary School in Le Roy, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dorothy McIntyre recalls her decision to attend West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dorothy McIntyre describes becoming a pilot and the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dorothy McIntyre shows her pilot's license and describes what she learned in training
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about Bessie Coleman and the International Women's Air & Space Museum in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dorothy McIntyre explains why she loves flying airplanes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about teaching men about aircraft mechanics at War Production Training School No. 453 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about teaching a lab at West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dorothy McIntyre describes marrying her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dorothy McIntyre describes meeting her husband and working for the Greater Baltimore Urban League in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dorothy McIntyre describes the different jobs she held in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about starting a family in Glenville, Cleveland, Ohio and her husband's family background
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about her husband's parents and her husband's job with the U.S. post office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dorothy McIntyre describes her teaching career in the Cleveland, Ohio public schools and her medical history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about the accolades she has received for teaching and aviation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dorothy McIntyre remembers potentially dangerous flying incidents as a pilot
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dorothy McIntyre recalls flying a Piper J-3 Cub airplane
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dorothy McIntyre reflects on the recent interest in the role of African Americans in U.S. military history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dorothy McIntyre remembers her maternal grandmother's belief in education and her maternal great-uncle who was a professor at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about her husband's job at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company's factory in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about her and her husband's involvement in church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dorothy McIntyre compares the treatment of African Americans in the 1940s to 2004
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dorothy McIntyre describes her experiences of racial discrimination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dorothy McIntyre describes her experiences of racial discrimination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dorothy McIntyre gives advice to African American students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about young African Americans dropping out of high school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dorothy McIntyre talks about Jean Murrell Capers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dorothy McIntyre shares memories of her students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dorothy McIntyre narrates her photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dorothy McIntyre narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dorothy McIntyre narrates her award from the International Women's Air & Space Museum in Cleveland, Ohio