First African-American Woman to Fly U-2 Spy Plane Promoted
BET (Feb. 18): “First African-American Woman to Fly U-2 Spy Plane Promoted"
Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal '94 is the first and only African-American woman U-2 pilot ever. Since 2004, Tengesdal has flown more than 3,400 hours and has taken on combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa. "It is very uncommon, even for this day and age, to be a female pilot, much less a female minority," Tengesdal said according to a Department of Defense blog. "My career field is very male dominated, but I hope I have helped other females with similar aspirations to realize this is an option. I think we are all limitless as to what we can accomplish."