2 Female Pilots Fly With Elite Blue Angels

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Two female pilots are on the elite Blue Angels squadron, which made a pit stop Monday in North Texas.

First female marine Captain Corrie Mayes and ‘Fat Albert’ Captain Katie Higgins will return in September for the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show.

Capt. Higgins qualified to fly the C-130T Hercules aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” by logging at least 1,200 flight hours.

“She’s very honored to be in that position and the two of us, in addition to the rest of the females in this squad, we are proud to be here to represent our sisters,” said Captain Mays.

A total of 16 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. Each year the team typically selects three tactical (fighter or fighter/attack) jet pilots, two support officers and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members.

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