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Madeline Swegle becomes US Navy’s first Black female fighter pilot in its 110-year history

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Madeline Swegle becomes US Navy’s first Black female fighter pilot in its 110-year history

By N’dea Yancey-Bragg via USA TODAY

Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle made history by becoming the U.S. Navy’s first Black female tactical fighter pilot.

The chief of Naval Air Training congratulated Swegle Thursday on Facebook for completing her training and said she will receive her “Wings of Gold” this month.

“BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus,” the post read, using the abbreviation for Bravo Zulu, which means “well done.”

Swegle also earned praise from Rear Adm. Paula Dunn, the Navy’s vice chief of information, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and tennis legend Billie Jean King.

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