All-female crew takes flight from Fairchild AFB on International Women’s Day

It’s not unusual to see flights take off from Fairchild Air Force Base, but one flight on Friday morning stood out from the rest.

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, an all-female flight crew took to the skies. The team is heading to Tacoma to pick up a C-17 aircraft near McChord Air Force Base and take it back to Fairchild.

Major Emma Steinbar, an instructor pilot on the flight, told KXLY while women are in every facet of the Air Force, it’s rare to get an all-female flight team together because it’s a numbers game. It’s so rare, in fact, Friday marked Steinbar’s first time on a flight crew full of women.

“It’s awesome, you know, I’m proud. I’m proud that I live in, I grew up and I live now in a time where there was no ceiling and I could pursue whatever career I wanted,” she said.

It’s no coincidence this flight fell on International Women’s Day. This is something the base and the team have been planning on and Friday, the day finally came for Chief Master Sergeant Andrea Inmon.

“Anything is possible to achieve. I never thought when I came in the Air Force that I would’ve had this opportunity,” Inmon said. “It doesn’t matter male or female, we’re always a team. We’re there to accomplish a mission safely and effectively.”

So even though this day stands apart from the rest, this crew has a job to do — and they won’t be treating this mission any differently.

“You know, we’re gonna go out and get the mission done,” said Steinbar. “It’s not gonna feel any different.”

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