Stephanie Johnson is accustomed to making history. Twenty years ago, she was the first black female pilot for Northwest Airlines. And this past February, she became the first black female captain for Delta.
— Delta (@Delta) February 19, 2017
It’s an amazing feat for someone who has always been fascinated with airplanes and aviation. “As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with airplanes and would think, ‘What a great thing it would be to know how to fly,'” Stephanie told Delta News Hub.
She was the first one in her family to finish college, at Kent State University, where she was a flight instructor at the school’s aviation program.
Stephanie is a seasoned pro, and she’s now looking forward to spreading the love of aviation and flying to the next generation, working with various aviation academies to help train and recruit young people into the profession.
“I feel a great sense of responsibility to be a positive role model,” Stephanie told the Huffington Post. “There are so few women in this profession and too many women who still don’t think of it as a career option. When I was hired by Northwest Airlines, there were 12 African-American women airline pilots in the country at the major airlines, and I knew all of their names.”
Chances are high, then, that more pilots will know Stephanie’s name as well, as she shows that the sky has no limit to anyone wanting to learn to fly.