Madeline Swegle (Photo by: Anne Owens/U.S. Navy) After getting the U.S.Navy’s first Black woman fighter pilot, Lieutenant Madeline Swegle will get her Wings Of Gold Friday.
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theGrio reported that the Virginia native is that the Navy’s first Black female strategic fighter pilot after finishing the training earlier this month.
(Picture via Naval Air Training Twitter @CNATRA) “I don’t think the goal in my life is to necessarily be the first at anything. That was never something that I set out to do, it was just something I was interested in and I found out later,” states Swegle at a video interview supplied to Airboyd.
She proceeds, “I am really honored that I get to wear the wings and get to fly planes and call myself a pilot.”
Swegle has impressed people around her.
“At this level, you need to be a top performer, and then you have to continue to perform while you’re here. These are the best pilots in the world that are trained here, the very best,” states CDR Matthew Maher, a commanding officer at the training squadron.
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According to CBS News, her landmark second comes 40 years following Lt. Cmdr. Brenda E. Robinson became the first Black woman to make Wings of Gold June 6, 1980, at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
Robinson was inducted into the Women in Aviation Hall of Fame in 2016. Her career not just comprises the aforementioned landmark, but she’s also the first Black female accredited for C-1A company onboard delivery carrier landings around USS America and one of the very first Black women pilots at American Airlines where she flew for 17 years, as stated by the WIA bio.
Swegle’s achievement earned her a congratulatory tweet from Senator Kamala Harris.
Her graduation ceremony at which she receives the Wings of Gold occurs in the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas.
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