Madeline Swegle is the first African American woman to become a Navy fighter pilot. - LT. jg Luke Redito / AP / SIPA

Madeline Swegle became the first black female fighter pilot in the United States Navy. The air division has existed for almost 110 years, says CNN.

Lt. In his publication, the manager also congratulates this pioneer.

Program ended July 7

Madeline Swegle graduated from the Navy School in 2017. She then completed the air tactics pilot training program, which she officially completed on July 7, reports the Navy Times .

Madeline Swegle is now qualified to fly the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and F-35C Joint Strike Fighter fighter jets. The military authorities, however, did not specify where the lieutenant would soon be assigned.

A hailed pioneer

A 2018 survey by the Military news site had shown that 2% of Navy fighter pilots were black and that only 26 of the 1,404 servicemen qualified to fly the FA / 18 were African Americans. The US Navy announced in June the creation of a task force to "respond quickly to all types of systemic racism, defend the needs of discredited communities, work to break down barriers and make all opportunities and routes accessible. of professional development within the Navy ”.

Congratulations, LTJG Swegle! You make the @USNavy and our country stronger.

- Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 11, 2020

Congratulations to LTJG Madeline Swegle who has become the @ USNavy's 1st Black female fighter pilot.

Her accomplishment comes more than 45 years after Rosemary Mariner became the 1st woman in the Navy to fly tactical jets in 1974. # RepresentationMatters

- Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) July 11, 2020

The success of Madeline Swegle has been widely commented and the pilot has received the congratulations of several personalities on Twitter. Former Democratic primary candidate Elizabeth Warren said the lieutenant made "the Navy and her country stronger" while Billie Jean King said that "the examples are important".


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