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This Aviator Just Became the US Navy's First Black Female Fighter Pilot



Photo of LTJG Madeline Swegle, the first Black female tactical fighter pilot
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The US Navy’s first Black female fighter pilot has earned her wings, the service 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!”

BZ is short for “Bravo Zulu,” a naval term meaning “Well done.”
Others in the Navy also praised Swegle. “Very proud of LTJG Swegle,” Vice Chief of Information Rear Adm. Paula Dunn said. “Go forth and kick butt.”
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