BECOME A MEMBER DONATE TODAY

Female military pilots see the next barrier to break: Getting more Black women to fly

The women who were the first to break gender and race barriers as military pilots understand the isolation that comes with being the only female in their squadron.

They have spent years encouraging more women to fly, but as new data obtained by McClatchy shows, there are still few in the ranks, and even fewer who are Black.

Women comprise just 7 percent of the 48,308 active duty, National Guard and reserve pilots now serving in the military. Of those 3,314 female pilots, only 72 identified as African American or Black, according to military data obtained by McClatchy.

READ MORE