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High Flyer Hits World First

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U.S. Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins is the first female pilot to fly with the Blue Angels, a prestigious U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron ─ a job that is very, very hard to get. Women have been on the team, but never in the cockpit for an air show ─ at least not until the arrival of Captain Higgins.

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Having achieved a childhood dream to follow in her pilot father’s footsteps, the Naval Academy graduate has impressed the world as she makes it into the super-elite flying aerobatic team. Her achievement is not only a pivotal event in her own career, but also in aerobatic aviation history.

It just so happened that I was the first female to perform in a demo here, and if that is inspiring to people, if that’s inspiring to little girls around the country, then I’m doing my job

β€œIt just so happened that I was the first female to perform in a demo here, and if that is inspiring to people, if that’s inspiring to little girls around the country, then I’m doing my job,” she said to CBS News.

She has certainly inspired us.

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