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Senator McSally honors first female combat pilot Amy Svoboda

Posted at 4:14 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 20:42:12-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Senator Martha McSally was in Tucson today to honor the first female combat pilot, killed in the line of service.

Captain Amy Svoboda died in 1997 after her A-10 crashed during a tactical training mission.

She and McSally served together in the 354th fighter squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

McSally joined Amy's family at the Pima County Air and Space Museum.

Fellow colleagues who Amy trained, paid tribute and spoke about her legacy.

Fellow colleague Jim "Penny" Barton said "Amy was an amazing person, beautiful inside and out and had a way with people that was special. She made you feel special. She was happy, and it spread to other people."

Her family and friends say Memorial Day is a fitting day to honor a remarkeable pilot who led the way for women in the Air Force.