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US This woman is set to become US Navy's first known Black female fighter pilot

22:05  11 july  2020
22:05  11 july  2020 Source:   today.com

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Lt. Madeline Swegle is making history as she's set to become the first Black female fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy.

The chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) announced the news on Twitter on Thursday, giving Swegle a "BZ" or "Bravo Zulu" (meaning "well done") upon the completion of her training.

"BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus," read the tweet. "Swegle is the @USNavy's first known Black female TACAIR pilot and will receive her Wings of Gold later this month. HOOYAH!"

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The Navy is dominated primarily by white males in the U.S., has a rigorous training program. Swegle, a native of Virginia, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017, according to the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes. She completed the Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus and is currently assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 at a naval air station Kingsville, Texas.

Lt. Swegle will receive her gold wings in a ceremony on July 31, said the Navy.

a person holding luggage: Lt Madeline Swegle (U.S. Navy photo by Anne Owens/Released) © U.S. Navy photo by Anne Owens/Released Lt Madeline Swegle (U.S. Navy photo by Anne Owens/Released)

Swegle's achievement paves the way for her to fly aircrafts such as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter or the EA-18G Growler.

"Very proud of LTJG Swegle," tweeted Rear Adm. Paula D. Dunn, the Navy’s vice chief of information, in response to the news. "Go forth and kick butt."

"Just my best friend making history," tweeted @paigealissa on Tuesday.

Lt. Swegle's sister tweeted her congratulations.

"Just my older sister being a boss everyday of her life," wrote @bookworm204. "Proud of her doesn't even cover it."

In 1974, Rosemary Mariner became the first woman in the Navy to fly tactical jets, reported Stars and Stripes. Mariner commanded an operational air squadron during Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and later became a lecturer and scholar at the the University of Tennessee. She died last January.

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Brenda E. Robinson was the first Black female pilot in the Navy. She earned her wings in June 1980.

Lt. Swegle's accomplishment comes at a time when the Department of Defense has sought to address racial inequity and diversity amid Black Lives Matter protests around the country.

United States. The US Navy greets its first African-American fighter pilot .
© US Navy Lieutenant MadelineSwegle in front of a T-45 trainer. Madeline Swegle has just entered the history of American naval aviation, 110 years after the creation of this force and 46 years after Rosemary Mariner, the US Navy's first female fighter pilot. © US Navy Rosemary Mariner “Bravo Zulu” to Madeline as launched on July 9 by the US Navy by announcing that the first black woman had just completed her training as a fighter pilot in the United States .

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