AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. — Fairchild Air Force Base is planning a flight on Friday morning with an all-female crew.
The flight celebrates Women's Heritage month.
Fairchild's six-person crew will fly a KC-135 on a training mission to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Two crew chiefs, two pilots and two boom operators will be aboard the plane.
"It's really cool because, even though women are in every facet of the Air Force, it's not every day that we get a bunch of female air crew and ground crew together," Major Emma Steinbar said. "Actually in the 10 years flying a tanker, I've never been on an all female flight."
This will be a first for Major Emma Steinbar. Chief Master Sergeant Andrea Inmon said she's already been a crew member on a few other all-female flights.
"It's always just a lot of fun to go fly with an all women crew and just get to know each other as a team and what we bring to the fight," Inmon said.
Inmon said the flight should symbolize to other women that anything is possible when you just work hard.
"I never thought when I came into the Air Force that I would've had this opportunity," Inmon said. "A little about me-- I came in 18 years old joined the Air Force by basically looking at an airman's magazine it had a 135 refueling a B-52. I thought oh I want to do that and it's my senior year!"
Steinbar said she's proud to have these opportunities as well.
"I'm proud that I live in and grew up in a time where there was no ceiling and I could pursue whatever career I wanted and there were no gender challenges when it came to that," Steinbar said.