Since 1946, the pilots of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels have entertained untold number of Americans. They spend most of the year dropping jaws by putting on impressive air shows, after all.
However, in the nearly 70 years the outfit has existed, there’s never been a female member- that is, until now.
Marines Captain Katie Higgins is the first woman Blue Angels pilot in history, a responsibility she doesn’t take lightly, considering she’s a third generation aviator.
She talked to CBS about what the historic accomplishment means to her:
“I think that by including a lady on the team that just shows little girls and guys that women can do whatever they put their mind to,” she said.
“Little girls have told me that they didn’t even know that ladies can fly aircraft, that women could be in the cockpit.”
Captain Higgins also challenged anyone who says she won’t be able to keep up with her male counterparts:
“Well, honestly, I would just tell them to watch the demo. They can’t tell the difference between mine and the other two pilots on here because I fly it just as well as they do,” the officer said.
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Higgins has been assigned the Blue Angels’ C-130 aircraft, otherwise known as “Fat Albert.”