If she’s the first female fighter pilot, then who is this?
Mary (Missy) Cummings (born ca 1966) is an associate professor at Duke University and director of Duke’s Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. She was one of the United States Navy’s first female fighter pilots.
Oh, there is probably some distinction between the first female AIR FORCE fighter pilot (versus Navy), and people don’t notice the qualifier. To me, by making SUCH a big deal out of it, it becomes something freakish, like the first talking dog. It isn’t the case, of course.
IIRC Women were flying supplies into enemy territory in WW II (even more dangerous when you can’t fight back). But if a woman is every bit as able, then it shouldn’t be such a big deal if she does it, nor is it a testament to extraordinary ability if she happens to be the first.
And I hate to say this, but in my experience MANY of the military types who get into politics are pragmatists and not constitutionally conservative, and are almost as likely to be Democrats (Tammy Duckworth comes immediately to mind) as Republican. I appreciate their service, but the service by itself doesn’t define a greatsSenator.