1st Lt. Jeannie Flynn (Leavitt), the first female pilot to qualify in the F-15E, climbs aboard her airplane. She was following in the footsteps of women like 1st Lt. Christine E. Schott, the first to complete Air Force flight training; Captain Sandra M. Scott, the first to command a KC-135; and 2nd Lt. Mary L. Wittick, the first to graduate from the Air
Force’s helicopter program. (U.S. Air Force)

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