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6 Black Women Leading the Modern Aviation Industry

In honor of Women’s History Month, AfroTech has decided to celebrate Black women at the helm of the modern aviation industry. Check out six Black women leading the industry below: Stephanie C. Hill, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Rotary and Missions Systems Photo Credit: Instagram / @StephanieC.Hill Stephanie C. Hill is executive vice president of Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In her 33-year tenure at RMS, she’s held several senior positions, serving as president or vice president for different arms of the business. She is also a champion for women and people of color in STEM careers. In a recent interview with The Network Journal, she spoke about her passion for helping the next generation of leaders: “Our industry requires top talent in engineering and science, and our nation right now is facing a critical shortage of STEM workers,” she told The Network Journal. “We have to encourage as many young people as possible to pursue STEM...

Mar 29, 2021

Major Mandisa Mfeka, the World's First Black Woman Combat Pilot From South Africa

Five-year-old Mandisa Nomcebo Mfeka would sit outside of the airport accompanied by her mother and grandmother to watch the airshows at Virginia Airport. According to Good Things Guy, Mandisa’s mother was unable to afford admissions tickets, so she opted to park their car outside the gates and enjoy the show from afar. It was those airshows that sparked Mandisa’s passion for aviation and ultimately led her to become the world’s first Black woman combat pilot from South Africa. Twitter / @Mandz_NM When she entered the tenth grade, Mandisa began researching science and math vocations and soon discovered aeronautical engineering. During her quest to apply to university, Mandisa stumbled upon an article about the South African Air Force (SAAF) and it immediately caught her interest. “It wasn’t until I was 16 that I discovered the Air Force, and I was like ‘Oh my God, this girl can become a pilot,’” Major Mandisa told the Afternoon Express . According to Good Things Guy , Major Mandisa...

Feb 13, 2020