6 United Airlines pilots breaking color barrier in predominately white industry

The six who graduated from Hampton University's aviation program together are now proud captains at United Airlines.
2:57 | 02/20/21

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the pilots soaring over barriers to achieve their dreams. The six who graduated from Hampton university's aviation program together are all now proud captains at united airlines and janai has much more. Reporter: It's a bond born in 1997 when six Hampton university students dared to dream higher. What are your plans for the future? I plan to be flying united 747. Reporter: That dream taking flight. Today more than 20 years later they're all united airlines pilots. Our friendship goes beyond just fellow students or peers. It really has become a bit of a family. If you see it, you can achieve it. That's a real thing and so us together, we maybe didn't see it outside of us but us we could see it in each other. Reporter: Talking exclusively to "Gma," sharing the story of their friendship that not only broke barriers, but proved you could go higher and further together. Get some good people with you and I think you can definitely -- what you can achieve together is even incredible. Reporter: They're dominating an industry with with almost zero diversity among airline pilots in the U.S. Only 3.4% are black and even more guided when you factor in gender, black women make up less than 1% of all U.S. Pilots. I can't promise that their world is going to be easy but what I can say is that every barrier can be knocked down. When I was starting this, I did not know that you could be an African-American pilot. But through the grace of hbcus and my friends here, I was able to do it. Reporter: As these friends continue smashing through glass ceilings, they realize they're soaring on the wings of the black aviators before them like Marlon green whose landmark supreme court decision in 1963 made it possible for David Harris to be hired as the nation's first black pilot of a major airline. We had trailblazers, captain bill Norwood, captain Marlon green, captain ward. All that were before us that put in the time to make it easier for us. Hopefully with the knowledge of past and helping out others, we won't be the last. Reporter: Today in the groundbreaking program aviate they're assisting united airlines in clearing the runway fothe next generation. It's not an easy path but nothing that's worth it is easy and this is definitely worth it. Reporter: In all, 11 pilots from Hampton university are flying for united airlines, another nod to hbcus. As for these six friends who all took flight training together, talked about reaching for the they say they pushed each other, motivated each other, mentored each other proving that teamwork makes the dream work, guys. Actually a lot of science that suggests doing things with your friends can make it easier and better and more fun. Quite moving, janai, to see the six there, all those pilots. Really cool what they accomplished. Great story.

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