These Two Pilots Just Made Flight History As the First Two Black Females in the Cockpit
Captain Stephanie Johnson, Northwestern Airline's first African-American female pilot in 1997, just made history again with co-pilot, First Officer Dawn Cook. The two made American aviation history as the first two black female pilots in the cockpit of a commercial Delta flight.
Flying from Detroit to Las Vegas on February 26, the two closed out "Delta's Very Own Heroes" month with a perfect landing, celebrating the accomplishments of Delta's African-American employees — and a selfie.
Congrats 1st Officer Dawn Cook as she joined Capt Stephanie Johnson. 1st all African-American female crew ever 2fly a Delta Airlines Jet! pic.twitter.com/y16NUG42zP— Loudoun County NAACP (@NAACP_Loudoun) March 1, 2017
"I feel a great sense of responsibility to be a positive role model," Johnson said. "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."
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