History: All-Female Combat Mission Over Afghanistan
Four American women made military history last week, flying the first-ever all-female combat mission. Dubbed "Strike Eagles of 'Dudette 07,'" the Air Force said on Monday that the four women in two F-15E fighter jets flew a sortie over Afghanistan last week.
The mission was no accident -- it was all planned out and timed to take place during Women's History Month, which was in March.
"I have flown with female pilots before, but this was the first time I have flown in an all female flight," Maj. Christine Mau told the Air Force's news service. "This wasn't a possibility when I started flying 11-years ago."
The other women were Maj. Tracy Schmidt, Capt. Leigh Larkin and Capt. Jennifer Morton.
The Air Force began allowing women to take part in pilot training in 1976, but it took 17 more years until a female pilot was allowed to fly a combat mission.
Here is a report on the mission: