Local Combat Pilot, Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, Inducted Into The KY Aviation Hall Of Fame

Dec 8, 2016

After her time as a fighter pilot, Lt. Col. Amy McGrath of Kenton County went on to a posting at the Pentagon. She'’s currently a faculty member at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath knew from a young age that she wanted to be a fighter pilot.  But, at that time, the military prohibited women from flying in combat. 

Still, she eventually joined the military, and in 1993, her first year at the Naval Academy, the restriction was lifted. Her path to becoming a pilot started in 1999 as a Weapons Systems Officer in the F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft. Her ultimate goal was realized in 2005 when McGrath transitioned to pilot and became the first woman to fly the FA-18 in combat for the Marine Corps.

The Kenton County native was recently inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame. She joins us this afternoon to tell us more about her remarkable career as a fighter pilot, along with Marty Schadler from the Aviation Museum of Kentucky and Hall of Fame.