Black women are making history yet again! On Mother’s day during a Portland bound flight from San Francisco, passengers onboard Flight 361 got to take part in “history in the flying” as Captain Tara Wright and First Officer Mallory Cave became the first ever Black female flight crew.
In addition to Sunday being Mother’s Day, it was also Wright’s 80th birthday. In a Facebook video posted she introduces herself and her “crew” first officer Mallory Cave to the passengers onboard Flight 361. After she wished everyone a Happy Mother’s Day then she let everyone know that they will be witnessing some #blackgirlmagic up close and personal, “you’ll be piloted by two African American females pilots for the first time in Alaskan Airline history.”
Although according to KTVA, Alaska Airlines, is more than 72 percent of employees are white and 60 percent are male this did not stop the Airline from celebrating the pair.
Alaska Airlines shared Wright’s moment on their Facebook page adding that Bessie Coleman started in 1921 and Wright and Cave are keeping her legacy going.
Wait for it…
Captain Tara Wright is about to announce to Alaska Airlines passengers that they’ll be “piloted by two African American female pilots for the first time in Alaska Airlines’ history.” ✈ pic.twitter.com/PLNGbtEsPF
— Kim WhyNot (@kimblackproud) May 16, 2018