This aviator just became the US Navy’s first Black female fighter pilot

LTJG Madeline Swegle, the first Black female tactical fighter pilot 
U.S. Navy photo by Anne Owens

The US Navy’s first Black female fighter pilot has earned her wings, the Navy said.

The Chief of Naval Air Training celebrated the officer for her achievement on Twitter, writing: “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!”

According to the Navy, which has only released limited details on this aviator, Swegle is currently assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas.

This is Black girl magic! 👏🏿

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