Shawna Kimbrell: the first female African-American fighter pilot

27 Mar: Shawna Kimbrell: The First Female African-American Fighter Pilot Is Inspiring the Next Generation

via  face2faceafrica.com We first introduced you to Shawna Kimbrell back in 2012.  Today, she spends her time inspiring the next generation of fighter pilots.  Here’s her story. Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell, the first black female fighter pilot in the U.S. Airforce was assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron in Misawa, Japan. She was deployed in support of Operation Northern and Southern Watch, becoming the first female pilot to fly combat missions. Rising to become a Major…

Amber Low

19 Jun: She Rocks! Meet Amber Low – the Youngest Female Commercial Pilot in Guyana

Amber Low a is 22-year-old commercial pilot with Roraima Airways and the youngest female pilot in Guyana.  She is the daughter of renowned Gynaecologist, Dr Guy Low.  Amber initially wanted to be a medical doctor like her father but instead she became a flight attendant, a decision which later fueled her desire to learn her how to fly a plane and become a pilot.  Here are a few excerpts from Amber’s interview with the Guyana Chronicle…….


08 Dec: She Rocks! Guyana’s First Female Pilot, Lucille Dawsey, honoured by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)

Guyana’s first female pilot, 72-year-old Lucille Dawsey was honored by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Silhoutte Restaurant in Georgetown. Ms. Dawsey was recognized for the major contributions she made in the aviation arena, and for the many examples, she set for the other female plying the trade. The Guyanese-born retiree received her pilot’s license in 1961 and was attached to TransGuyana Airways Limited at the now Ogle…

17 Jan: Captain Feriel Ally – First Female Grand Caravan Pilot in Guyana

Captain Feriel Ally of the local Air Services Limited (ASL) recently created history on July 12, 2012 when she became the  first female in Guyana certified to operate a grand caravan aircraft.  The daughter of Guyana’s aviation pioneer Yacoob Mazaharally, Captain Ally began her aviation career in 1988 when she trained for, and obtained, her private pilot’s licence in the USA. Following her training, she returned to Guyana and built her hours flying the Cessna 172 and 206, ferrying…

Tesia Alexander

25 Nov: Tesia Alexander: LIAT Airline First Female Aircraft Engineer

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is often assumed to be male.  Slowly, however, the number of women is increasing, not only in the United States and the UK, but also in the Caribbean.   LIAT’s first female aircraft maintenance engineer, Tesia Alexander, is leading the way for other women who want to explore this field.  In 2009 Tesia became the first female aircraft engineer appointed by Liat, in its 53 years of operation.   Tesia is based Antigua and credits her success…

Captain Beverley Drake

18 Nov: She Rocks! Beverley Drake, Guyana’s First Female Commercial and Army Pilot

In a once unthinkable career for women, aviation in modern times has seen a multitude of females excelling in the field. One such example is US-based Guyanese (Captain) Beverley Drake, who knocked down the stereotype in her aviation career to prove that women can do a man’s job. Beverley, who grew up in Georgetown, in an interview with Guyana Times Sunday Magazine revealed that her father always wanted her to become a pilot, so he…


04 Nov: She Rocks! Major Shawna Kimbrell – First Black Female US Air Force Fighter Pilot

Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell is a major in the United States Air Force, and the first female African-American fighter pilot in the Air Force history. She was born in Lafayette, Indiana on April 20, 1976, to Guyanese parents, Dr Norman Ng A Qui, and Eve Blackman Ng A Qui after they migrated to the US.  Their hard work and dedication paid off in her father earning a degree from Howard University and a doctorate from Purdue University. That focus on…