It had always been Bronxite Merryl Tengesdal’s childhood dream to fly and she eventually made that dream come true. The New York Daily News has an inspiring article that says Tengesdal is the first black female to pilot the Lockheed U-2 aircraft.
As a youngster Tengesdal had strong math and science skills that prepared her well for military service. During the mid-1990s, she started taking advantage of different opportunities and flew the Navy’s SH-60B for the first time.
In 2004, she joined the Air Force and nine months later started training for the U-2.
Tengesdal, who claims to have seen the earth’s curvature, says that flying 70,000 feet in the air is “beautiful and peaceful.”