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Unread post13 Jul 2020, 22:47

The US Navy announced its first Black female fighter pilot in its history: Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle

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Unread post27 Jul 2020, 10:42

Interview with Mandy Hickson on the Tornado GR4


A potent low-level specialist, the Tornado GR series served the Royal Air Force for 40 years, 28 years of which it was active in combat. We talked to Mandy Hickson about her experiences of flying the last British recce variant of the ‘Mighty Fin’, the GR4A, including her wartime missions over Iraq.

https://hushkit.net/2020/07/26/flying-f ... y-hickson/
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Unread post02 Aug 2020, 06:59

Lt. j.g. Madeline “Maddy” Swegle will be flying the EA-18G
31 Jul 2020 Lt. Michelle Tucker

"Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle was designated a naval aviator and received her Wings of Gold on Jul. 30 and she will now head to NAS Whidbey Island to train as a EA-18G pilot with [the “Vikings”] VAQ-129...."

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Unread post02 Aug 2020, 08:13

giddyup.....I might *know* a guy who traded in his active duty fighter to be a reserve VAQ-129 IP. Looking forward to *him* meeting this fine American and Naval Aviator.
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35_aoa wrote:giddyup.....I might *know* a guy who traded in his active duty fighter to be a reserve VAQ-129 IP. Looking forward to *him* meeting this fine American and Naval Aviator.

Does this mean *your friend * has now flown every F/A-18?
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Unread post03 Aug 2020, 05:18

sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Does this mean *your friend * has now flown every F/A-18?


haha that would be a true statement, save the YF-17 if you were to count that. I guess he just doesn't like big life changes :)
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Unread post03 Aug 2020, 11:36

35_aoa wrote:
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Does this mean *your friend * has now flown every F/A-18?


haha that would be a true statement, save the YF-17 if you were to count that. I guess he just doesn't like big life changes :)

I was considering saying "every Hornet", but even though the YF-17 was called the Cobra I thought it could lead to confusion, so I specifically went with F/A-18. Tell *him* congratulations, from a big NavAv fan.
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Unread post05 Aug 2020, 21:20

A Woman’s Right to Fly and Fight
Aug 2020 Morgan Smith

"In 1993, before the Air Force permitted women to fly in combat, new pilot Jeannie Flynn requested the F-15.
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...she had come to understand that the price of doing what she loved—and was very good at—was the unyielding spotlight her accomplishments attracted. Even if she did not embrace the role of pioneer, she would eventually learn to accept it.

Leavitt is now a two-star general based in San Antonio, Texas, where until recently she commanded the Air Force recruiting services. During my interviews with her in the spring, she spoke with the well-honed cadences of someone who has spent her professional life in the public eye. But she was also friendly and animated, especially when discussing her favorite airplane, the F-15....

...By the time Leavitt became the first woman to enter the fighter track at the Weapons Instructor Course—an Air Force flying school equivalent to the U.S. Navy’s Top Gun and available to only the most talented aviators—being a pioneer had become familiar territory. Says Leavitt: “It was like any place where I was the first. There were people who didn’t want to see women there. There were people who were waiting to see how I’d do.”

When she graduated in 1998, she had grown tired of being separated out from her male colleagues and put in front of cameras for news conferences every time she broke a barrier. “It’s a hard program for anyone,” says Leavitt. “It is an incredibly challenging program. That was why, at the end, I really was opposed to any kind of attention focused on me. Yes, I graduated, but everyone else who was graduating with me worked just as hard, and I didn’t think it was appropriate, given the nature of that program, to highlight me.”

It was her turn to tell the Air Force no. (There were no press releases or news conferences highlighting her graduation.)

Leavitt is now a command pilot, an Air Force designation that means she has logged more than 3,000 hours. That time includes more than 300 hours in combat while stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. She says her most memorable combat missions are the ones in which she flew the F-15 to support ground troops. These close-air support missions, which capitalized on the F-15E’s low-altitude capabilities (a terrain-following radar and a digital moving map of the ground below), helped protect U.S. soldiers who were taking fire or whose battlefield positions were about to be discovered by enemy scouts....

...Though the Air Force has made advancements in designing gear for female aviators, in some ways the service has changed only marginally since Leavitt first sat in a fighter cockpit.

Women are still only a small fraction of Air Force fighter pilots. Currently, there are only 85 in the entire Air Force, making up three percent of the total, according to Air Force data. The number has only nudged upward in the last 20 years, from one percent in 2000. The percentage of female air personnel overall has also remained roughly level, climbing from just 19 to 20 percent since then....

Photo: "On April 28, 1993, General Merrill McPeak announced the selection of Sharon Preszler, Martha McSally, and Leavitt (left to right) as the Air Force’s first female combat pilots. (DOD / Robert D. Ward)" https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/WvAue2wm ... 0_live.jpg


Source: https://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag ... 180975332/
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