Virginia native Madeline Swegle has made history, earning her wings as the first Black woman to become a fighter jet pilot in the U.S. Navy.
In a congratulatory tweet posted on Thursday, the U.S. Navy said the lieutenant will officially get her Wings of Gold later this month.
“BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus,” the Naval Air Training Command stated, using an abbreviation of bravo zulu, which means well done.
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! @FlyNavy @NASKPAO #ForgedByTheSea #CNATRA #CNATRAgrads pic.twitter.com/FKSlURWQhJ— Naval Air Training (@CNATRA) July 9, 2020
According to UPI, Swegle graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017 and completed tactical air pilot training last week at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. The pilot is now qualified to fly the F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, as well as other planes.