Captain Rachelle Jones Kerr, First Officer Stephanie Grant and flight attendants Robin Rogers and Diana Galloway made history in 2009 as the first flight crew comprised entirely of African American women. On February 12 of that year, the women flew and attended Atlantic Southeast Airlines’ Flight 5202 from Atlanta to Nashville and returned to Atlanta on Flight 5106.
The group of women was recently honored at a “First in Flight” luncheon this past Thursday to commemorate their pioneering flight.
First Officer Grant reveals that the historic flight took place purely by accident. When the First Officer that was originally scheduled to fly that day became sick, Grant stepped in. Once she learned that she would be working with Captain Kerr she immediately knew that she would be attending the flight as a part of a pretty rare crew.
“We’re here to prove, if you want to be a pilot, a flight attendant, you can do it. Just dream big,” says Kerr.