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Female crew puts Chinooks to the test

Betty Brekke, a Chinook test pilot, performs pre-flight checks


Betty Brekke, a Chinook test pilot, performs pre-flight checks before a test flight in Philadelphia.

Chinook test pilots Megan Robertson and Betty Brekke both began their aviation careers with the U.S. military; Robertson in the Navy and Brekke in the Army and the Coast Guard. That heritage gives them a great appreciation for their roles in delivering high quality Boeing products to the customer. In their military service, Brekke and Robertson flew Chinooks in a variety of missions including humanitarian aid, search and rescue, and combat.

Late in 2012 the pilots made Boeing history as the first all-female team to conduct a Chinook test flight. Watch the video to see their unique paths to aviation and their pursuit of excellence.