Naval officer turns out to be the first Black female tactical jet fighter pilot

Naval officer turns out to be the first Black female tactical jet fighter pilot

Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle is scheduled to get her “Wings of Gold” on July 31.

U.S. Naval force Lieutenant J.G. Madeline Swegle is leaving a mark on the world in the part of the administration as its Black female tactical fighter jet pilot.

Swegle completed her undergraduate Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus on Tuesday (July 7). She is expected to receive her “Wings of Gold” during a ceremony on July 31.

Swegle will currently have the option to fly airplanes like the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, the Navy Times reports.

The Burkes, Virginia local graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017. She is presently doled out to the Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas, directly outside Corpus Cristi, and is the place her “Wings of Gold” ceremony is relied upon to occur.

The naval force pilot has gotten high recognition and congrats from her kindred Navy friends as well as rapper Eve, Senator Kamala Harris, tennis legend Billie Jean King, and famed D.L. Hughley, among others.

Swegle follows the memorable strides of Lieutenant Commander Brenda Robinson, the primary Black female to move on from the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School. Robinson earned her wings in 1980 at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. She became the first Black woman certified for C-1A carrier onboard delivery carrier landings on USS America, one of three Kitty Hawk-class supercarriers built for the Navy. Robinson was also the Navy’s first Black female flight instructor and evaluator.

Swegle’s achievement additionally comes 45 years after the late Captain Rosemary B. Sailor turned into the first lady to get the “Wings of Gold” emblem in 1974. Mariner was also the first woman to command an operational naval aviation squadron during the Desert Storm Operation.


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