Lieutenant Junior Grade Madeline Swegle graduated as the first black female fighter pilot on 9 July 2020.
In a recent tweet, the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), congratulated Lieutenant Junior Grade Madeline Swegle on becoming the first-ever Black female fighter pilot.
BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus. Swegle is the @USNavy’s first known Black female TACAIR pilot and will receive her Wings of Gold later this month. HOOYAH! @FlyNavy @NASKPAO #ForgedByTheSea #CNATRA #CNATRAgrads pic.twitter.com/FKSlURWQhJ— Naval Air Training (@CNATRA) July 9, 2020
She graduated on 9 July 2020 after completing the syllabus for Tactical Air (Strike) aviators. LTJG Swedle will receive her Wings of Gold at a ceremony on 31 July.
Soon after the tweet was posted, it took Twitter by a storm. More and more people are congratulating Swegle and commending her courage and resilience.
Swegle graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2017 before continuing on to pursue TACAIR training. She’s currently posted at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas, where she is part of the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21.
Her friend also tweeted her pictures with a caption,
“Just my best friend making history.”
Just my best friend making history pic.twitter.com/k0qG8kaZTr— Miss Alissa (@paigealissa) July 7, 2020
Where some people are objecting to why the world ‘black’ was emphasized, others believe it was important to use the term.
As one of the commenters said,
“Because she is a role model for young black girls who may think they couldn’t do something like this. We need to promote a LOT more, black role models.”
Swegle earning the first known Black female fighter pilot title highlights the fact that barriers still remain, and Naval Aviation, in particular, is still almost entirely white and male.
Let’s take a look at a little history here.
It wasn’t until 1948 that the US Military was formally desegregated. The first female naval aviators were a group of six women in 1974, and it was not until 1980 that the Navy celebrated Lt. Cmdr., Brenda Robinson, as the first Black female graduate of Aviation Officer Candidate School.
However, Swegle has definitely changed history here, and this is a step in the right direction.
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