The Navy’s famous Blue Angels has its first female pilot since the team’s inception in 1946.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins, a third-generation military aviator, will now thrill crowds for eight months out of the year. Over 500 million people have seen the Blue Angels during its air shows.
“I think that by including a lady on the team that just shows little girls and guys that women can do whatever they put their mind to. Little girls have told me that they didn’t even know that ladies can cry aircraft, that women could be in the cockpit,” Capt. Higgins told CBS of her historic accomplishment.
She discounted talk of her selection to the Blue Angels being a form of damage control after a former commander’s recent sexual harassment scandal.
“Well, honestly, I would just tell them to watch the demo. They can’t tell the difference between mine and the other two pilots on here because I fly it just as well as they do,” the officer told CBS.
Capt. Higgins will fly the Blue Angels’ C-130 aircraft, known affectionately as “Fat Albert.”