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Woman to make history as US Navy’s first Black female fighter pilot

Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle is the Navy's first known Black female fighter pilot, Chief of Naval Air Training said on Twitter.
Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle is the Navy's first known Black female fighter pilot, Chief of Naval Air Training said on Twitter.

Credit: Lt. j.g. Luke Redito/Navy

Credit: Lt. j.g. Luke Redito/Navy

One woman is about to make history in the U.S. Navy.

Chief of Naval Air Training announced on Twitter on Thursday that Lt. Madeline Swegle is set to be the Navy's first known Black female fighter pilot.

“BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus,” Naval Air Training tweeted. “Swegle is the @USNavy’s first known Black female TACAIR pilot and will receive her Wings of Gold later this month. HOOYAH!”

“BZ” is Bravo Zulu, an abbreviation for “well done.”

Navy Times reported Swegle finished the undergraduate Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus on Tuesday, the Navy said.

The Navy's vice chief of information, Rear Adm. Paula Dunn, also sent her congrats to Swegle on Twitter.

Swegle, of Burke, Virginia, is assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas, according to the Navy. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017.

She will earn her wings in a July 31 ceremony.