For the first since their inception nearly 70 years ago, the Blue Angels are welcoming a female pilot to their flight team.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins, a third-generation military aviator who got her first pilot’s license at the age of 17, will now have the opportunity to wow the audience with the mid-air tricks for which the Navy team is famous as she pilots the C-130 known as “Fat Albert.”
“I think that by including a lady on the team that just shows little girls and guys that women can do whatever they put their mind to. Little girls have told me that they didn’t even know that ladies can fly aircraft, that women could be in the cockpit,” Capt. Higgins said in an interview.
Higgins said she didn’t come aboard to break any barriers or anything of the sort.
“It just so happened that I was the first female to perform in a demo here,” she said. “And if that is inspiring to people, if that’s inspiring to little girls around the country, then I’m doing my job.”
Higgins said she saw the Blue Angels as a child and was “definitely inspired by that.”