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Woman becomes first black female pilot in Georgia Air National Guard

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Woman becomes first black female pilot in Georgia Air National Guard

By: FOX 5 News

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – When 1st Lt. Andrea Lewis takes off from Robins Air Force Base in Georgia this month, she’s not just earning her wings, she breaking boundaries.

Lewis will be the first black female pilot in the history of the Georgia Air National Guard.

And if anyone would be the first it would be Lewis. Her father was a 14-year veteran pilot in the Marine Corps who later became a pilot at American Airlines. Her mother is a flight attendant with Delta Air Lines.

“You could say that aviation and serving others is in my DNA,” Lewis said. “It is something I always knew I wanted to be a part of.”

In January of 2010, Lewis became the second civilian in history to be hired as an Air Force flight attendant. She planned to continue in that field, but then that year her father passed away.

“After my father passed away, I knew it was time for me to take the steps needed to become a pilot and …

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