The first African-American female pilot for the D.C. National Guard always wanted to fly

Demetria Elosiebo becomes the first Black female aviator in the D.C. National Guard. 

Now, those long ago dreams of taking flight have become reality. Thirty-three-year-old Elosiebo recently graduated from Army flight school, becoming the first African-American female aviator in the District of Columbia National Guard. She joins an elite group; only 5 percent of the Army National Guard’s 5,763 pilots are women.

“It’s an honor to come behind so many people,” said Elosiebo, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. No one in her family was in the military or knew how to fly, but from an early age, Elosiebo knew she wanted to be a pilot. So she started taking flying lessons at small aviation programs for children near her Memphis home.

While visiting a flying group called the Memphis Blackhawks Aviation Association, her mother said, her then 12-year-old daughter learned a valuable lesson: Your gender doesn’t matter when it comes to flying a plane.

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