Nevada Air National Guard Has 1st Female Instructor Pilot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Maj. Sarah Spy wanted to be a pilot since she was a little girl. Now, at 37, she has become the first female flight instructor pilot for the Nevada Air National Guard.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Spy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s kind of mind-blowing that there are still firsts to be had in women in aviation, but I got one.”

A spy said she remembers as a child being glued to the window of a plane as it took off, and that exhilaration has never worn off. And growing up with a mother who excelled in a male-dominated field — she worked in train maintenance — Spy said she never doubted her ability to fly planes.

She said that women have been allowed to fly in combat missions in the armed forces only since the 1990s, so she’s used to being surrounded by mostly men in the Air Force. But whenever she attends the Women in Aviation International Conference, it’s a bit of a shock.

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