ASA Flight Crew's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Here, There and Everywhere

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Atlanta, GA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:

ASA FLIGHT CREW 5202

First All Female, African-American Flight Crew

“This is a generation where all doors are open; there are no excuses anymore.”

INTERESTS:

Travel

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Fulfillment Opportunity Inspiration Exploration Beliefs & Faith Risk Pressure Dedication Hard Work Regrets Honesty Perseverance Societal Pressures

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

army, aviation, barriers, captain, civil rights movement, Delta Airlines, female, flight, Flight Attendant, helping people, history, impact, limitations, military, mission, Pilot, positivity, stereotype, trying different things, women

BIOGRAPHY:

  • On February 12, 2009, Rachelle Jones, Stephanie Grant, Diana Galloway, and Robin Rogers became the first all female African-American flight crew.
  • Flight crews are chosen at random, but never in history was a crew made up exclusively of African-American women.
  • Each woman took a unique path to a career in aviation: Grant was originally in the military, Jones worked at a ticket gate, Rogers ran a daycare center.
  • Grant loves the sense of purpose she gets from flying: “each flight is like a mission” and “at the end, you’ve helped someone.”
  • Until Rogers met an African-American male flight attendant, she didn’t even realize it was a profession she could enter.
  • Jones was one of only 10 African-American female flight captains in the country.
  • Galloway hopes to show her granddaughter, “you don’t have to be a maid in the hotel; you can run that hotel.”
  • Still consider aviation a male-dominated, white-dominated industry, but feel proud they’ve set an example for young black women, children.

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