A Philadelphia native, C. Alfred Anderson was one of most talented black aviators of the 1930s. He teamed up with Albert E. Forsythe, a physician from Atlantic City, New Jersey. With Anderson’s skills as a pilot and Forsythe’s financial backing, they made a name for themselves flying long-distance flights.
Anderson and Forsythe gained fame in 1933 when they completed the first roundtrip transcontinental flight. Their “Goodwill Flight” of 1934 was even more ambitious—an aerial trek from the United States to the Caribbean and South America.