Linda Maloney spent 20 years in the US Navy, first as an enlisted air traffic controller and then as a Naval Flight Officer, flying both the A-6 “Intruder” and EA-6B “Prowler.” In 1993, Linda became one of the first women in US history to join a combat military flying squadron. Linda received a distinguished air medal for combat, awarded for flights flown over Southern Iraq in support of the no-fly zone during her deployment to the Arabian Gulf.

Another first for Linda was being the first woman to eject from a Martin Baker ejection seat from her A-6 aircraft in 1991 over the Atlantic Ocean, an experience she takes us through in detail. After retiring from the Navy, Linda worked as a defense contractor and authored Military Fly Moms ~ Sharing Memories, Building Legacies, Inspiring Hope,  a biographical collection of the inspiring true stories and photographs of seventy women who shared the same two dreams—becoming aviators in the military, and being moms.

Linda is also the founder and CEO of Women Veterans Speakers and Project Director for Proudly She Served, a series of oil portraits by Steve Alpert highlighting and honoring women veterans and aiding in their transition into civilian life.

Learn more about Linda and her work: https://womenveteranspeakers.com

And the Proudly She Served project: https://www.proudlysheserved.com

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  1. carcat74 Member
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    Anyone watch the TV show “Tough As Nails”? There is a black woman on one of the teams for whom I have mad respect. She is a retired Air Force colonel, and is the first woman to fly the U-2 aircraft. She is also a combat veteran, with 3600 hrs flight time on Enduring Freedom and other missions. Much admiration for her, she’s also a mother.

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    carcat74 (View Comment):

    Anyone watch the TV show “Tough As Nails”? There is a black woman on one of the teams for whom I have mad respect. She is a retired Air Force colonel, and is the first woman to fly the U-2 aircraft. She is also a combat veteran, with 3600 hrs flight time on Enduring Freedom and other missions. Much admiration for her, she’s also a mother.

    Have never seen that show but will check it out. And the pilot you’re referring to is Merryl Tengesdal. Impressive indeed!  Thanks for the recommendation. 

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  3. carcat74 Member
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    Nick Plosser (View Comment):

    carcat74 (View Comment):

    Anyone watch the TV show “Tough As Nails”? There is a black woman on one of the teams for whom I have mad respect. She is a retired Air Force colonel, and is the first woman to fly the U-2 aircraft. She is also a combat veteran, with 3600 hrs flight time on Enduring Freedom and other missions. Much admiration for her, she’s also a mother.

    Have never seen that show but will check it out. And the pilot you’re referring to is Merryl Tengesdal. Impressive indeed! Thanks for the recommendation.

    Glad to oblige—this show has a different ‘feel’ from all those other reality competition shows.These are real people, no one gets voted off, and 1 lady, a cement contractor, said she wanted to take all 5 teammates and start a company with them! There’s a woman welder, a travel nurse, and other notable members. They pull for each other, even if not on their team! One of the few bright spots in TV, along with “Forged In Fire”.

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