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Received the designation of aerial photographer, the first woman in the Navy with the right to wear the wings of an aircrewman.
Became the first women naval flight surgeons upon their graduation from the Naval Flight Surgeon Training Program.
The first Navy woman Helicopter Plane Captain
The first woman Naval Aviator to earn her wings
One of the first six women to earn her wings
First woman to command an operational naval aviation squadron on 12 JULY 1990
(Led VAQ-34 during Operation Desert Storm)
First woman to fly a front-line tactical strike aircraft
First woman Coast Guard Aviator
(VRC-40) Became the first female naval aviator to carrier qualify in a fixed-wing aircraft. Spruill and copilot and squadron commanding officer, Cmdr. Jerry L. Wright, made ten landings and three catapult launches in a C-1A Trader on board Independence (CV 62) in the Atlantic.
First African American woman Navy Pilot
Jan. 14, 1981; The first African American woman to carrier qualify
First Aircraft carrier to allow women to train onboard
First woman NFO
Became the first enlisted woman to receive her wings and to receive a commission under the new Limited Duty Officer Aviator Program.
First woman pilot graduate of United States Naval Test Pilot School
The first woman to qualify as a helicopter rescue swimmer
Piloted an HH-46A Sea Knight on board Iowa (BB 61), making her the first female pilot to land a helicopter on a battleship.
(HT-8) Became the Navy’s first female African American helicopter pilot.
Became the first female line officer and naval aviator astronaut.
March 2, 1995; Lawrence is the first woman naval aviator to go to space
First African American woman NFO
Allows women to serve in combat roles in the military
Was selected for assignment to VP-62, thus becoming the Navy’s first woman to be eligible to compete for assignments in aircraft engaged in combat missions.
(VF-213) Made her first qualifying landing in an F-14A on board Constellation (CV 64) southwest of San Diego, Calif. She thus became the first fully qualified female Tomcat pilot
First woman Marine Corps Aviator
The first female naval flight officer in the Marine Corps.
First woman Naval Aviator to graduate TOPGUN
The first woman Command Master Chief of an aircraft carrier (CVN- 71)
First woman Naval Aviator to make Flag rank
First woman Pilot to graduate TOPGUN
The first African American Woman to be CMC of an aircraft carrier
First woman Naval Aviator to command a strike group
First woman to command a Carrier Air Wing
First woman pilot to perform with the Blue Angels
(Flew C-130, “Fat Albert”)
First Woman (and Woman Naval Aviator) to be nominated to and lead a ship Fleet
First woman USMC pilot to graduate from the NASA astronaut program and first woman Marine to be a NASA mission commander
First woman AW Master in the Navy
First woman to command an Aircraft Carrier
First woman selected to be a Blue Angels F/A-18 Demo Pilot
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