US Navy announces first black female tactical aircraft pilot

The U.S. Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot.

The Navy on Thursday announced that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school. Later this month, she will receive the flight officer insignia known as the “Wings of Gold.”

According to a tweet from the Naval Air Training Command, Swegle is the Navy’s “first known Black female TACAIR pilot.”

Swegle is from Burke, Virginia, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017.

Officials say she is assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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