Lt j.g. Madeline Swegle is the first African-American woman to become a tactical aircraft pilot in the 100+ years of the U.S. Navy.
- Lt j.g. Madeline Swegle graduated from the Naval Academy in 2017.
- She completed tactical aircraft (“TACAIR”) training last week and will earn her “Wings of Gold” next month, recognizing her as a qualified Naval aviator.
- Next, she’ll be assigned a “platform” – a tactical aircraft – to continue her training.
The platforms include F-18E/F “Super Hornet” (fighter attack aircraft), E-18G “Growler” (an electronic attack aircraft), or F35 “Lightning” (a fighter aircraft). This means after successfully completing additional training, Swegle *could* indeed become a U.S. Navy fighter pilot.
Navy Announcement: CLICK HERE
by Jenna Lee,