Founded in 1976, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.

OBAP members encourage diversity in the industry by supporting aspiring aviation professionals through mentoring, scholarships, training and youth-focused education programs through Project Aerospace.


Honoring the Stars Among Us - Introducing the 2018 Hall of Fame Honorees

The Founders’ and Pioneers’ Breakfast,sponsored by JetBlue Airways, was held Thursday, August 16th to honor notable aerospace professionals with an induction into the OBAP Hall of Fame on display during the convention and sponsored by American Airlines.

This year’s honorees included Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D.,the first African American in space travel, Brigadier General Ernest G. Talbert (ret.),the first African American General in the over 350-year history of the Delaware National Guard, Captain Albert T. Glenn,FedEx pilot, past OBAP Board Chair and founder of the OBAP Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy, Azellia White,the first African American woman in Texas to earn a pilot's license, Dorothy Johnson Vaughan,the first African American female Supervisor at the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) later known as NASA, Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson,one of the first black mathematicians at NACA, depicted in the book Hidden Figures and film of the same name, Mary W. Jackson, the first African American woman Engineer at NASA and Christine Mann Darden, Ph.D., the first African American appointed to the Senior Executive Service, the highest rank level at the NASA Langley Research Center.

These honorees are trailblazers and history-makers whose knowledge, strength and determination have placed them among the best in class. These shining stars have truly changed the aerospace industry forever and we are proud to celebrate their accomplishments as the 2018 Hall of Fame Honorees.

See all OBAP Hall of Fame inductees and pioneers through the years, here.


The robust membership of more than 3,000 professionals internationally includes astronauts, commercial pilots, military aviators, maintenance technicians, flight instructors, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, students and more!

Collectively, we seek to promote increased diversity in aerospace and aviation industries through training, mentoring and scholarships, while honoring the achievements of pioneers in aviation through the OBAP Hall of FameFor more information on the types of membership opportunities available to you, please click here. 

Through the establishment of the Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy, OBAP is excited to provide a new facility that offers life-changing training for students from Memphis area schools and beyond who possess a desire to fly.  To learn more CLICK HERE!

4th Annual Arnold J. Tolbert Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament

Come out and celebrate the life and legacy of Captain Arnold J.Tolbert. Cap was committed to ensuring that students in South Florida would have the financial support needed to pursue Aviation and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related careers. The South Florida Chapter of OBAP through school visits, volunteering, and mentoring have shown students, elementary to college the vast opportunities that are available within the aviation industry. Our annual Golf Scholarship Tournament has allowed the chapter to this date to give out over $20,000.00 in scholarships to deserving students in the South Florida area.

So join us for a day of golf, fun in the sun, and know that your generous contributions are going right back into our community to help the next generation of aviation professionals prepare themselves to enter into our wonderful industry.

Date: February 9, 2019

Where: Country Club of Miami

Time: 7:00am - 4:00pm

To register,  click here.

More than fifteen-hundred aviation and aerospace professionals gathered August 14 – 17, 2018 for the 42nd Annual Convention and Career Exposition at Marriott Marquis Houston. The convention, themed Going Above and Beyond: Your Flight Plan to Success in Aerospace, was an incredible success thanks to all in attendance during #OBAPCON2018.

Special thanks to sponsors and presenters including United Airlines, UPS, United States Air Force, FedEx Express, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, Amazon, Houston Airport System, Wings Financial Credit Union, Len and Senegal Selassie, JetSuite, Walmart Aviation, ExpressJet, Air Wisconsin, The Dr. L.C. Carter Foundation, America's Navy, American Airlines Credit Union, XOJET and Southwest Airlines. OBAP was also proud to welcome Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy, Inc. (BCAL) and The U.S. Army Black Aviation Association (USABAA) as partners during this year's convention.