African-American Female Crew Makes History

African-American Female Crew Makes History

A Delta Air Lines flight made history Feb. 26, when African-American female crew flew from Detroit to Las Vegas. The flight was manned by Capt. Stephanie Johnson, Delta’s first African-American female captain, and First Officer Dawn Cook.

According to the Huffington Post, Johnson told Delta News Hub last month that since she was a child, she has always wanted to fly for a living.

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“There were no pilots in my life growing up, and I think I’m the first person in my family to graduate from college. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with airplanes and would think, ‘What a great thing it would be to know how to fly.'”

Johnson also shared that a high school physics teacher encouraged her to pursue her dreams. She ended up learning how to fly while studying at Kent State University in Ohio.

“After building flight time as an instructor, I was hired by a commuter carrier, where I was able to earn enough good flight experience to apply for a job at Northwest Airlines. I was hired as their first African-American female pilot in 1997,” she said.

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“I feel a great sense of responsibility to be a positive role model,” she added. “There are so few women in this profession and too many women who still don’t think of it as a career option. When I was hired by Northwest Airlines, there were 12 African-American women airline pilots in the country at the major airlines, and I knew all of their names.”

In addition, Johnson along with Delta First Officer Dawn Cook, recently made history together being the first African- American women cockpit crew on one of Delta’s “mainline” flights. Johnson and Cook flew from Detroit to Las Vegas.