Sergeant Courtney, a female airman at Beale Air Force is making history as the first female enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force now able to pilot aircraft. CBS 13 says that the Air Force is looking at qualified enlisted member to fly for the first time since WWII.
Sgt. Courtney has been in the Air Force since 2005, and says she was “shocked, but it’s a huge honor and humbling. I’m excited to learn about our mission here at Beale. It’s not about gender anymore, it’s about qualifications and that’s exciting looking forward.”
She will be flying the RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely.
“From this station, I’m in full control of the aircraft, I constantly know what the aircraft is doing, and where it’s heading,” she told CBS 13.