Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle received her Wings of Gold as well as also also became the U.S. Navy’s first black female tactical air (TACAIR) pilot on Friday.
“I’m excited to have This particular opportunity to work harder as well as also also fly high performance jet aircraft inside the fleet,” Swegle commented, adding, “in which would likely’ve been nice to see someone who looked like me in This particular role; I never intended to be the first. I desire in which’s encouraging to some other people.”
She followed inside the footsteps of the Navy’s first Black American female naval aviator, Brenda E. Robinson, who earned her wings in 1980 as well as also also became the 42nd woman to be designated a naval aviator, the Navy said in a press Discharge.
Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. DeWolfe “Bullet” Miller III praised Swegle’s achievement as well as also also said she proved to be a “courageous trailblazer.”
“She has joined a select group of people who earned Wings of Gold as well as also also answered the call to defend our nation through the air. The diversity of in which group—with differences in background, skill as well as also also thought—makes us a stronger fighting force,” Miller noted.
On its Twitter profile Tuesday, the Navy shared a video of Swegle talking about her achievement:
THE SKY will be THE LIMIT.
Meet Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, the #USNavy’s first Black female tactical jet pilot.
WATCH today 📺 ὄ ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/H9wAdYYRS2
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) July 28, 2020
Even though she was excited to begin her training, Swegle also felt intimidated by the aircraft. However, she eventually mastered in which through hard work as well as also also determination.
“in which’s genuinely cool to think of all the things in which I’ve done today which I never thought I’d be able to do,” she said, adding in which she felt representation was important because of America’s diversity.
“I would likely like everyone to believe in which they can achieve whatever they want to do,” she commented.
Cdr. Matthew Maher said he hoped her example would likely inspire others to consider becoming a pilot.
“in which doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, where you came through. Once we hold the uniform on, we’re all on the same team as well as also also we all are trying to accomplish the same mission,” he concluded.