Alaska Veterans Museum

Military History – Veteran’s Stories

This day in history – July 31, 1991

​The US Senate voted to allow women to fly combat aircraft.

Jeannie Marie Leavitt (née Flynn; born c. 1967) is a United States Air Force general officer. She became the United States Air Force’s first female fighter pilot in 1993, and was the first woman to command a USAF combat fighter wing.