This is the first time an African-American woman will be a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. Madeleine Swaigle will receive the “golden wings” patch at the end of July, the U.S. Navy’s Pilot Training Center Twitter reported.
Swaigle is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and will be the first black woman to be able to perform combat missions on fighter jets.
The first U.S. Navy pilot in 1974 was Rosemary Mariner, who reached the rank of squadron commander.
Six years later, Brenda Robinson became the first African-American in the military aviation, but she was not a fighter pilot, but an instructor. After leaving the military, Robinson became one of the first female pilots of civilian airlines, according to the non-profit organization “Women in Aviation.
In 2018, NASA astronaut, former CIA employee Janet Epps, who was to become the first African-American in space, stopped preparing to fly to the International Space Station. It was reported that the decision was taken for personal reasons, which the organization will not disclose, but Epps admits that in the future he will still visit the ISS.