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Alaska Airlines' First Flight Piloted by Two African-American WomenAlaska Airlines added to its own history with their first-ever flight commanded by two African-American women pilots. Captain Tara Write and First Officer Mallory Cave operated the carrier's historic flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Portland (PDX). (www.foxnews.com) More...
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First of all, congrats to Alaska Airlines and this crew, secondly, I am a volunteer at the Tuskegee Airmen National Air Museum at Detroit City Airport (KDET) where we are involved in providing free aviation and rocketry training to local kids. The program is open to all but due to our location most students are African American. We teach aviation to 5th thru 8th graders at two local middle schools. Every Thursday night we teach Rocketry and Private Pilot Ground school at KDET, as part of the ground school our volunteer CFI's actually give the students free flight lessons in the Museum owned tralining airplanes. I think we'll have a few more young ladies from our class join the ranks of Tara and Mallory in the next few years.
To the many wondering why this is news, or the insanity of it actually being news: it's news because here and now, in the early stages of the 21st century, we still recognize the different races. Personally, I celebrate the differences. I love the cultures and differences. I can't get past the thought of how bland humanity would be without our differences.
They deserve special attention because this is out of the ordinary for an airline flight crew in the United States. Probly over 90 percent Caucasian male. This will inspire minority females to enter aviation. I was inspired to become a pilot because I saw a black coast guard pilot at an air show when i was a kid.
It is fantastic and sad to me as well. It is almost hard to believe it took reaching the year 2018 for it to even be possible.
"why does it matter what race/gender they are" *takes one look at comments section*
You may notice that it is NOT White Anglo-Saxon men who pontificate about the "success" of the medias idea of a self described "underclass".