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Olga Custodio

Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio, USAF (Retired)

A Compelling Conversation with Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio, USAF (Retired) Fighter Pilot, STEM Advocate and Trailblazer

Turned away from flight school because she was a woman, Olga Custodio went on to break barriers (including the sound barrier) as the first Latina to complete USAF military pilot training, first to become a United States Air Force pilot, and later, as the first Latina commercial pilot for American Airlines. She also holds firsts for all women as the first woman flight instructor at two major Air Force bases. Living by the mantra, “querer es poder” (loosely translated to “where there’s a will there’s a way”), Custodio’s perseverance, fighting spirit, leadership abilities and passion for flying took her to where few women have gone before. Now retired, she continues to lead and inspire, championing STEM and motivating women and girls to pursue aviation and male-dominated professions. | In Honor of Veterans Day 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Event Recap: U.S.A.F. Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio Goes to New Heights