It took lots of arranging, since there is only one female Boeing KC–10 flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force, but for one mission an all-female crew operated an aerial refueling tanker above the Middle East. For this special event, they wore shoulder patches that said, “Gucci Girls; Unmanned KC-10 Flight.”
The crew took pleasure in telling fuel-hungry combat crews they were approaching an “unmanned” refueling tanker. KC-10 pilot 1st Lt. Jen Carter said the daylong effort was more about boosting morale than setting a precedent. It took place from an undisclosed base in the Middle East. The lone U.S. Air Force flight engineer is Staff Sgt. Sarah Lockley. “Today’s flight was awesome,” Lockley said, noting it was the first time reservists and active duty personnel have flown on the same aircraft.
GUCCI GIRLS? WTFbarf. Way to trivialise women doing a crucial job in a combat zone, USAF.
Still, air force Lt. Col. Kenneth Moss has a good point:
“I think it’s great,” Moss said. “The role of women in the military has increased greatly over the years, and the presence of women in all [Air Force specialty codes] has expanded to the point that sometimes we forget how far they have had to come. However, my young daughter unintentionally reminds me every day that she needs women to look up to; she needs women to prove that nothing is impossible; she needs female role models. I think an all-female crew shows her that another potential obstacle to her dreams no longer exists.”