Less than 1% of US pilots are Black women

Victoria Wentt can’t drive a car, but she can fly a plane.

The 16-year-old from Rockville, Maryland, has yet to obtain her driver’s license, but she is well on her way to getting into the cockpit of a commercial airliner.

Wentt is the first person in her family to pursue a career in aviation, and is studying Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s High School Aviation STEM curriculum. She has already received a scholarship to attend flight school, but as a young, Black female she has struggled to identify a role model in the aviation industry.

“You don’t see them often,” Wentt said. “It’s a very rare sight. But I hope to be one of them. “

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