Young pilot inspired by story of Jesse L. Brown

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A pilot who served in the same squadron as a Hattiesburg native who was our nation's first African-American naval aviator spoke to students in the Hub City today as part of Black History Month. Lt. Mycel Scott addressed students and parents who toured the African-American Military History Museum this morning.

Scott is currently at Naval Air Station Meridian. But, a few years ago, he flew in the same squadron that Jesse L. Brown served in. Brown became America's first black Navy pilot, before being killed in action in Korea.

The museum has been hosting a new exhibit about Brown for the last several weeks.

"He basically paved the way for me," said Lt. Scott. "Obviously, he got his commission during different times and different struggles than I had to do, but obviously, I wouldn't have been able to go the (U.S. Naval) academy and it would have been so difficult for me to get a commission or even get the opportunity to be a Navy strike pilot, had it not been for his efforts," Lt. Scott said.

The museum's exhibit on Jesse L. Brown runs through the end of this month.

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