Navy's first known Black female fighter pilot graduates

Navy's first known Black female fighter pilot graduates
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The Navy this week announced the graduation of its first known Black female strike fighter pilot.

Madeline Swegle will receive her Wings of Gold on July 31, according to Naval Air Training Command.

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“Go forth and kick butt,” added Rear Adm. Paula Dunn, the Navy’s vice chief of information, on Twitter.

Swegle first graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017, according to Stars and Stripes. The military news outlet noted that graduates of the grueling tactical air program generally go on to fly the Navy's flagship fighter jets, including the Super Hornet. 

Rosemary Mariner was the first woman in the Navy to fly tactical jets in 1974 as well as the first to command an operational naval aviation squadron, Stars and Stripes noted.