U.S. Air Force’s First All-Female C-130 Hercules Crew to Fly in Combat

April 6, 2018

April 5, 2018:   On September 26, 2005, six women assigned to the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron under the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, made history and became the first all-female C-130 Hercules crew to fly in combat. More than a decade later, a few members of the group reflected on their experience.

“We were just doing our everyday jobs, so there was nothing unusual about that day for us,” said Lt. Col. Carol Mitchell, 310th Airlift Squadron commander. “Frankly, we were disappointed that it was 2005 before an all-female C-130 crew flew in combat.”

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