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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Captain David: Courtesy of Cookie!

Captain Merryl David

The First and Only Black Woman to Fly the Air Forces Elite U-2 Spy Plane

When it comes to stories of espionage and intrigue, Hollywood rarely casts a sister in the starring role. But in real life one Black woman has accomplished what once seemed like mission impossible: In October of 2005 Major Merryl David, 34, became the first Black female pilot of a U-2--the legendary stealth planes the U.S. Air Force deploys for risky reconnaissance missions, such as identifying terrorist activities in foreign countries.

David, a former naval officer, is one of only five women and three African-Americans to be accepted into the Air Force's elite First Squadron, where U-2 pilots get their training. Now she'll have to withstand the pressure--literally. Solo flights can exceed 70,000 feet and last nine hours, and U-2s, with their tremendous wingspan, are one of the toughest crafts to land.

But David has had her sights set high since childhood. Growing up in The Bronx, New York, the Star Trek fan dreamed of being an astronaut. Since then she has boasted an impressive flying career, operating combat helicopters and airplanes for the Navy in the Middle East and South America. In July she'll leave her Lincoln, California, home and be deployed as part of the Ninety-Ninth Squadron to Korea. "You don't see many Black females flying in any service," she says. "I hope this will show young girls that this is an option they can have."

Courtesy of Essence Magazine
Diane Weathers, Editor in Chief

4 comments:

Cookie said...

Thank you "D" I will learn to post a photo soon! Cheers to you!
Thank you again for this wonderful blogg.
Aiming High!
Cookie

doretha said...

We are in this together. Another friend had been nagging me to start a blog. I could not think of anything that would possibly be of interest to others. When you and I spoke after the Purse auction, it all came together! Thank you for helping me get this off the ground.

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